Dehradun, March 22
Days after drawing flak over his "ripped jeans" comment, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat stoked another controversy on Sunday, saying people should have produced more children to get extra ration during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a goof up during his speech at a programme in Nainital's Ramnagar, he apparently confused Britain with the US, saying America ruled over India for over 200 years.
Referring to the distribution of foodgrain during the pandemic, the Uttarakhand CM said every affected household was given 5 kg of ration per member.
“Those having 10 children got 50 kg while those with 20 got one quintal. People with two children got 10 kg. People built stores and found buyers," Rawat said, adding that he never ate such fine rice.
"Who is to blame for this," the CM asked.
“Now you are jealous of it. When there was time, you produced only two. Why didn't you produce 20," Rawat said.
In the programme, Rawat also said America enslaved India for 200 years.
America, which enslaved us for 200 years, ruled all over the world...the empire on which the sun never set, is today struggling, Rawat said referring to the pandemic.
On the other hand, due to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India with a population of 130–135 crore people still feel relieved, he said.
Reacting to the remarks, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala taunted the BJP over its selection of Rawat as the Uttarakhand CM.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Surjewala said he picks such “learned talent”. He also mocked Rawat's statement that the US ruled over India for 200 years. PTI
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