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: Daily COVID-19 cases in India dropped below 75,000 and deaths under 1,000 were reported after nearly a month, while total recoveries crossed the 51 lakh-mark, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Tuesday.

The total coronavirus cases in the country mounted to 61,45, 291 with 70,589 new infections, while the death toll reached 96,318 after 776 people succumbed to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The total recoveries surged to 51,01,397 pushing the recovery rate to 83.01 per cent. There are 9,47,576 active cases in the country which comprise 15.42 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.57 per cent.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 7,31,10,041 samples have been tested up to September 28 with 11,42,811 samples being tested on Monday.