New Delhi, Jan 19: JD-U President Sharad Yadav today disapproved Uma Bharti's comments on the Italian origins of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying it is a “non-issue”.
Raising the issue migrations from outside to India, Yadav said the colour of people living in this part of the world has originally been dark and whichever community has a fair complexion had come here from outside at some point of time.
However, Yadav immediately clarified that he did not mean that all those having white complexion had foreign origins.
He said that it was not appropriate for Uma Bharti to rake up the origin issue as various communities from across the globe migrated to and settled in India.
“Ram, Krishna and Shiva, the gods are dark compexioned. A large population has come from outside, whose complexion is fair. They have come from outside at some point of time. There will be a need to put a cut off date actually (to decide who is an outsider),” Yadav said.
He also termed as “wrong” Rahul Gandhi's remark that Bharti was from MP though she was contesting from UP.
Reacting to it Bharti had said, Sonia Gandhi came from Italy and has been accepted in India. If Italy's Sonia was accepted in India, I am only from Madhya Pradesh. Rahul should remember the background of his mother. Only then he should comment on his bua (aunt).”
However, Yadav backed the BJP over the issue of Lokayukta's appointment in Gujarat saying he does not consider “appropriate” the High Court decision on the appointment of R A Mehta at Lokayukta as recommended by the Governor.
“Governor is only a nominee of the Centre. It is the state legislature, which has the right to enact laws. Governor can take a decision only with the advice of the Council of Ministers. I think the decision was inappropriate,” he said.
In a blow to Narendra Modi, the Gujarat High Court yesterday upheld the appointment of Lokayukta by the Governor while sharply criticising the Chief Minister for his “pranks” that had sparked a “constitutional mini crisis”.
On the Army chief's age row, too, Yadav felt that Gen V K Singh should not have gone to court.
He did not spare the UPA either for making statments on the issue that “could create controverseies”.
“I think he should not have approached the court in this issue. There should not be too much debate on this issue as well. The UPA government has got into the habit of regularly saying something that will create a controversy.
“But one is Army Chief should also keep in mind the institution. I also donot fault those people, who are regularly making comments on it,” Yadav said.