Bengaluru: Senior BJP leader and Karnataka minister K S Eshwarappa on Sunday stirred controversy as he termed the MLAs as ‘transgenders’ who win the elections on the base of Muslim votes.

Speaking at an event in the city organised by Sri Rama Sene to congratulated Central Government and PM Modi for abrogating Article 370 and 35A from Kashmir, Eshwarappa made the comments.

“Many Congress and JD(S) MLAs are willing to join BJP, but they are afraid they will lose the Muslim votes. They are Hijadas (transgenders) they don’t belong to BJP. Those backed by Pakistan will not vote for BJP” Eshwarappa said.

“Sri Rama Sene has become a factory that creates brave Hindutva soldiers. The agenda of Hindutva and Nationalism should be spread across the country. It is the fight to protect India. When it comes to Hindutva the whole country should stand united” he added.

Sri Rama Sene founder Pramod Mutalik along with several other leaders was present during the event.


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New Delhi (PTI): India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) on Monday landed onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, in a feat described as a historical milestone by the Navy.

The Navy said naval pilots carried out the landing.

"A Historical milestone achieved towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat by Indian Navy as naval pilots carry out landing of LCA (Navy) onboard INS Vikrant," the Navy said in a brief statement.

It said the landing demonstrated India's capability to design, develop, construct and operate indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft.

In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC I) that made the country part of an elite group of nations capable of manufacturing aircraft carriers above 40,000 tonnes category.

The Navy had said the aircraft carrier would be able to play a role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.