Well played! 'Dalit' Vinod Kambli hits BJP MP out of the park for dragging him into casteism row
Vinod Kambli is embroiled in a new controversy with a BJP MP dragging his name into allegations that there's discrimination in BCCI's selection process. The former India cricketer's response is brilliant
Vinod Kambli has been dogged by controversies time and again and the latest is a BJP MP dragging his name into allegations that there is discrimination in BCCI's selection process
Controversy seems to follow Vinod Kambli like an faithful dog. It catches up with the former Mumbai cricketer when he is not looking and sometimes even when he hasn't called it.
On Wednesday, Kambli's name was dragged into a fresh controversy through no fault of his after a BJP MP from Delhi, Udit Raj, claimed that the former cricketer's Dalit background was responsible for his exclusion from cricket. Mind you, he didn't just mean the Indian or Mumbai cricket teams, but from any role in cricket itself.
Udit Raj tweeted, "Vinod Kambli you should not be shy of accepting that you are a Dalit and that was the reason of your exclusion from cricket."
Kambli may not be playing cricket, but the 44-year-old former cricketer hit the BJP leader out of the park immediately. He took to Twitter to reply to the politician and strongly said that he didn't support such statements. He further issued a clarification that he had never made any statement supporting reservation in cricket or suggesting that there was discrimination in the selection process in Indian cricket.
"Mr Raj, I don't support any of your statements. Hence, i request you to refrain from using my name!!!" https://t.co/diQRrR0bFU— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) December 27, 2016
Correction here.i have never made such a statement. https://t.co/mBM5bIkrkL— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) December 26, 2016
Raj alleging that there is discrimination based on caste in Indian cricket and his suggestion of there should be reservations in the selection process got panned on Twitter as well with Twitterati terming the statement divisive. Twitterverse expressed the belief that reservations should be there only for tickets and hotels.
Kambli and Twitter taking on the politician and shutting him down is worthy of a slow clap.
HERE'S WHAT TWITTERATI HAD TO SAY:
But a defiant Udit Raj, who is also the chairman of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, stuck to his stand that Kambli had indeed spoken about discrimination and claimed that the former Mumbai cricketer was "running away" from his statements.
20July 2009 @vinodkambli349 asserted that injustices had been done to him he proved selectors wrong with his scores & by coming back in time— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) December 28, 2016
just tweeted statement issued by cricketerVinod Kambli issued on20 July 2009 who blamed that injustices were done to him & now running away— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) December 28, 2016
How can cricketerVinod Kambli deny his own statement issued on 20 July 2009 that he was discriminated.Pl Kambli don't be shy of being Dalit— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) December 28, 2016
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