On Tuesday it was reported how Pakistan had meted out an inhuman treatment to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother while they tried to meet their kin, who is confined by Pakistan over allegations of him being an Indian spy. The Ministry of External Affairs in a press release detailed the inhuman treatment of Jadhav’s family members which included asking them to remove their bindi, sindoor and bangles.
As a result of this, many Indians were outraged by Pakistan’s antics, but appears Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal was not one of them. Agarwal today stirred up a major controversy by condoning the inhuman treatment which was meted out to Jadhav and his kin by Pakistan:
#WATCH: “Agar unhone (Pakistan) #KulbhushanJadhav ko aatankwadi apne desh mein mana hai, to wo uss hisaab se vyavhaar karenge; humare desh mein bhi aatankwadiyon ke saath aisa hi vyavhaar karna chahiye, kada vyavhar karna chahiye” says Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal pic.twitter.com/owm0DJ8xGd
— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017
In the ANI video, Agarwal when asked about the insult meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family, is heard saying that it is an internal policy matter of Pakistan. He further claimed that if Pakistan considers Jadhav to be a terrorist then they can treat him accordingly, and India should also treat terrorists in a similar way.
Such a statement about an Indian citizen, who by various accounts has been framed by Pakistan, angered a lot of people:
Naresh Agarwal, (SP member and Congress ally) justifying the treatment meted out to the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Enemies within. https://t.co/OHHUg3mYmU
— Pratyasha Rath (@pratyasharath) December 27, 2017
Is there any country where a major political party would condemn its own citizen thus and then support what was done to citizens of their own country who were not under trial? https://t.co/P7QW7hbe9n
— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) December 27, 2017
Anti Modi statements are too mainstream these days that leaders of Samajwadi Party have to give anti-national statements to seek media attention. https://t.co/nJzVBMz4XM
— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) December 27, 2017
Samajwadi Party has always epitomized political illiteracy in some of our leaders since ages. Neta Ji justifies Rapist launde hain, galti ho jaati hai .. Chota Neta calls Gujarati voters as Donkeys and now this man justifies a Terrorist state and it’s action !! Shameful bunch https://t.co/TtIHwPUfGO
— Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) December 27, 2017
Now the Job is set for “Liberals” to prove Jadhav is a Terrorist. Gupta Ji, & others will write “Clever spins” to bring argument closer to that level…. https://t.co/WyKImN5KqV
— AshDubey_ (@AshDubey_) December 27, 2017
Even political leaders slammed Naresh Agarwal’s statement:
Sorry, no. Even if it were 2b conceded #KulbhushanJadhav is a terrorist, which it is not, no civilised society shd behave cruelly w/innocent family members. If Pakistan had admitted #Kasab ‘s nationality & his mother had visited India, we shd have treated her with sensitivity?? https://t.co/ot0JOr7ClH
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) December 27, 2017
So sad that Samajwadi Party leader sides with Pakistan. We dont need such leaders & parties that cannot empathise with a family which is fighting for justice.
— Gaurav Bhatia BJP (@gauravbh) December 27, 2017
Naresh Agarwal in the past too has managed to create a controversy via his outspoken demeanour.
It was reported how he had in July linked various Hindu gods and goddesses like Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman with alcohol. He was also alleged to be involved in a sex racket and had condoned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s assault of Air India official. During the run up to the Lok Sabha he had stated that a tea seller could never become a good Prime Minister.