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BJP MP Udit Raj eats his words on the controversial 'Usain bolt winning medals after eating beef' tweet

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  • BJP MP Udit Raj feels sad that his tweet on eating beef was misconstrued and misunderstood
  • He recently tweeted about Usain bolt winning 9 medals after his trainer advised him to eat beef
  • Raj said that he wanted to send a message to athletes that they can excel even in adverse circumstances

New Delhi, Aug 29: BJP MP Udit Raj on Monday clarified that he did not advocate beef consumption when he quoted Usain Bolt’s coach as advising the Jamaican sprinter to eat beef but his comment was meant to inspire Indian athletes that they can excel even in adverse circumstances. The MP said he was saddened to learn that his views were more misunderstood than understood.  ”I did not comment on anything related to consumption of beef, but only reproduced a statement from Usain Bolt, which is now being misconstrued and misinterpreted by some media outlets to say that he advocates the consumption of beef,” Udit Raj said in a statement.

On Sunday, Raj tweeted: “Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and (the) trainer advised him to eat beef both the times, and he scored nine gold medals in Olympics.”  After the tweet went viral, the Lok Sabha member from Delhi clarified his stand.  ”I cited (the) circumstances of Jamaica that despite poor infrastructure and poverty, Bolt won nine golds. So our players should find ways like that to win,” he posted on his Twitter handle. Raj said he only wanted Indian players to look for the best means to post wins in games rather than blaming circumstances and the government. He also said that eating was an individual choice.

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“As Usain Bolt and trainer found ways and means to win medals, similarly our players and trainers should also do as per their circumstances,” the Dalit leader said. Later, Raj also issued an statement to elaborate his views and put an end to this “artificially created controversy”, saying it was his personal opinion.”My tweet was meant to inspire Indian athletes that they can excel even in adverse circumstances,” Raj said, adding that he was well aware that food habits cannot be dictated to anyone, both as per our social traditions as well as per the provisions of the Constitution.

Raj said that he wanted to send a message that giving excuses will not take us far as the union government as well as the state governments and various PSUs are doing a lot to promote sports in the country. “It is not right to just blame the government for our poor performance in the Olympics. The message that I wanted to send was that it is necessary to have a killer and winning instinct and one can excel even in adverse circumstances, and hence it is not right to just blame circumstances,” he said.

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However, he added: “It is true that in some cases, the government is unable to provide all necessary facilities to budding athletes, but it also true that thousands of recruitments are made by the Government of India, state governments and PSUs to promote sports, and athletes are paid hefty salaries and given all facilities and freedoms to pursue their careers.” (IANS)

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All you need to know about T.T.V Dinakaran

T.T.V Dinakaran, the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, is a politician of Tamil Nadu.

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The Dinakaran and OPS factions were fighting for the two leaf symbol of AIADMK. Wikimedia commons
The Dinakaran and OPS factions were fighting for the two leaf symbol of AIADMK. Wikimedia commons

About a year ago, the state of Tamil Nadu lost its ‘Amma’. Since then, the state has witnessed political chaos with three Chief Ministers and an ‘almost demise’ of AIADMK. DMK and BJP were seen to be taking a clear advantage of the situation. Having Sasikala in jail and Dinakaran battling with central agencies, many say BJP has played its cards well.

T.T.V Dinakaran, the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, is a politician of Tamil Nadu. He is facing a case with ED probing deposits money into his accounts between 1991 and 1995. He has also served as a member of Lok Sabha, as well as Rajya Sabha.

The world heard Sasikala's voice for the first time after Amma's death. Wikimedia commons
The world heard Sasikala’s voice for the first time after Amma’s death. Wikimedia Commons

Who is V.K. Sasikala?

J Jayalalithaa used to call Sasikala her ‘soul sister’. Other than two occasions when Jayalalithaa cut her ties with Sasikala, the later was known as someone ‘Amma’ couldn’t do without. V.K. Sasikala was like a shadow of Jayalalithaa but not much was known about her.

However, everything changed on 5th December 2016 when Jayalalithaa died. Within 12 hours, Sasikala appointed O Panneerselvam as acting Chief Minister. She took over as general secretary of AIADMK when the general council unanimously passed a resolution. It was the first time when Sasikala came into light. The world heard her voice for the first time.

She allegedly forced OPS to resign in an ambition to become Chief Minister herself. But when OPS made revelations to the media about Sasikala, the politics of Tamil Nadu went into chaos. What followed was her conviction in a Disappropriate Assets case, she was sentenced to 4 years in jail.

Dinakaran fell out of favour after Central Agencies came in. Wikimedia commons
Dinakaran fell out of favour after Central Agencies came in. Wikimedia Commons

Dinakaran comes in

Dinakaran had moved to Poes Garden along with his aunt Sasikala following Jayalalithaa’s death. He was appointed deputy general secretary hours before Sasikala surrendered. Five years ago, he was expelled by Jayalalithaa after reports of him interfering in the party and government functioning came in.

He was then reportedly lobbying with the rebel members of OPS came to join back the parent party. It wasn’t long after when he was contesting the RK Nagal bypoll (vacated by Jayalalithaa) as an AIADMK candidate. He had a staunch victory. However, his cards didn’t go well when the Income Tax department stepped in.

Several of his loyalists were raided and the election stood cancelled. The Delhi Police had lodged an FIR, after a few days, accusing him of bribing the EC for the party’s symbol. Shortly, he faced an arrest in Delhi.

Delhi Police changed the game for BJP. Wikimedia commons
Delhi Police changed the game for BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Things go wrong for Dinakaran

Sasikala in jail, Dinakaran facing Delhi Police, and several document incriminating ministers. This situation had led their faction to the knowledge that their ‘tracks stand exposed’ and hence, they sought protection. In these circumstances, OPS was another name of protection. Since he was the one with Delhi behind his back. Everyone knows Delhi backed OPS despite the objection of Tamil Nadu BJP unit.

With the tables turning, the same people who had ditched OPS in favour of Dinakaran, went running back to him. They said that a single family cannot control AIADMK. They demand Sasikala and Dinakaran must quit. People who had requested Sasikala to become the General Secretary now say ‘unity’ and the Government are of prime importance.

After the AIADMK merger, BJP looks forward to set foothold in local elections. Wikimedia commons
After the AIADMK merger, BJP looks forward to setting the foothold in local elections. Wikimedia Commons

‘The plot’

  • Alleged attempts at bribing voters.
  • Allegedly engaging with a history-sheeter to pay EC official.

These were Dinakaran’s mistakes. They came up in the light of his impatience to gain power. All he didn’t know was that central agencies were waiting for them. The agencies acted once the mistakes came in. They warned his associates.

The same Dinakaran who was in complete control during the dramatic ‘vote of confidence’, has no one worthwhile to back him now. His loyalists are now saying that the real AIADMK is headed by OPS.

Game Over!

The plot was understood. There was no other option than playing along. Dinakaran agreed to abide by the party and assured he wouldn’t fight back. He even stood for the merger of OPS faction back into the party. All these points towards the fact that he is aware that his game is over. He is no more in the situation to play the game of politics, now his game is survival.