In the video clip, Ravinder Raina can be seen mocking outgoing governor N.N. Vohra, said he was always thrusting his point of view.
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina has kicked up a controversy after a video, in which he is seen calling newly appointed state governor Satya Pal Malik “hamara banda” (our man), went viral on social media.
In the video clip, Raina can be seen mocking the outgoing governor N.N. Vohra.
It shows Raina talking to a group of men, “What did I tell you a few days back?” he said. One of them replies, “Governor layenge” (we will get governor).
The video also shows Malik saying that the new governor has been appointed as the “former governor N.N. Vohra was always thrusting his point of view.”
“Vohra ko hum yehan nahin lana chahtey thay. Woh apni dafli bajata tha. (the new governor has come. We did not want to get Vohra here. He would always push his point of view),” Raina can be heard saying in the video.
“Abhi governor aya hain, hamara banda hain (now, the new governor has come. He is our man,” he added
When asked about Raina’s remark, BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi said what he said “might have some context to it”. However, he tried to play down the whole controversy by saying that a governor “belongs to everybody and does not belong to a particular party”.
“The governor does not belong to a particular party or group but all people. He is holding a constitutional position,” Sethi told The Print.
Despite repeated attempts, Raina did not respond to calls made by ThePrint.
Raina, a first-time MLA from the Nowshera constituency in Jammu, had participated in the two-month-long agitation over the Amarnath land transfer controversy in 2008, following which he joined the BJP.
Raina is not the first BJP leader in J&K to be caught making controversial remarks. Earlier this month, in a video tweeted by former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat said there would be a further dearth of jobs for the youth and unemployment will go up if Article 35A was removed.
Bhagat’s remark assumes significance given the BJP is putting its weight behind scrapping Article 35A.
In May this year, a video where former BJP minister Chaudhry Lal Singh’s brother Rajender Singh could be heard hurling expletives at then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, emerged on social media.
The footage shows Rajender Singh, also known as Babbi, standing amid protesters (those protesting against the arrest of the Kathua rape case accused) holding the Tricolour as he repeatedly refers to the state’s first woman chief minister as a “b***h”.
Lal Singh had to resign in April after he took part in a rally supporting the rape accused.