Mon, May 29, 2017 | updated 12:04 AM IST

BJP MP Udit Raj clarifies on 'beef for athletes' remark, says was just quoting Bolt's trainer

Updated: Aug 29, 2016 10:36 IST      
BJP MP Udit Raj clarifies on 'beef for athletes' remark, says was just quoting Bolt's trainer

New Delhi,[India] Aug 29 (ANI): A day after stating that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won nine Olympics gold medals because of consuming beef as a source of protein, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Udit Raj on Monday clarified his stance saying his remark was in context of allegations that athletes don't have enough facilities to train.

"I was worried that our performance (at Rio Games) was poor. I thought about the reasons (behind the disappointing result). Then I noticed that Usain Bolt's trainers told him to eat beef twice a day because he was poor. I just wanted to say that if there is dedication, then we can excel in sports. Giving excuses about lack of infrastructure and pointing out faults of the govt. and the system all the time should be done away with," Raj told ANI.

Taking a departure from his party's stand on the controversial meat and its consumption, Raj, the chairperson of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, had posted on his Twitter handle, "Usain bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympic."

His tweet was retweeted more than 200 times, earning appreciation as well as criticism for his stand. However, the party is yet to respond to his comments.

"I cited circumstances of Jamaica that despite poor infrastructure & poverty, Bolt won 9 gold so our players should find ways like that to win," Raj tweeted, further clarifying his position on the controversial issue.

"I intended to convey-players & society to look at ways to win in games rather blaming circumstances & Govt & eating is their choice," he added.

Known for being vocal in raising Dalit issues, the Delhi legislator, representing the Delhi North-West constituency, had earlier censured cow vigilant groups severely for their attacks on Dalits in recent times. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): In a veiled attack on the Congress party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday questioned the silence of the grand old party over the Kannur incident where a Youth Congress worker slaughtered a cattle in public.

Full Story >>

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 28 (ANI): Main accused in the Rampur molestation case has been arrested and a four member committee was formed to nab others, the police said on Sunday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): A day after Youth Congress activists publically butchered a calf in Kerala's Kannur to protest against the Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughtering, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi condemned the 'barbaric' incident while dubbing it as 'thoughtless and unacceptable.'

Full Story >>

Hyderabad couple pleads Sushma to save daughter stuck in Pak

Updated: May 28, 2017 22:26 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 28 (ANI): After Uzma's return, a couple from Hyderabad has urged the External Affairs Minister (EAM) to bring back their daughter, who is stuck in Pakistan from nine years.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be constituting a committee which will come up with names of possible candidates for the post of President and Vice-President.

Full Story >>

Kannur (Kerala), May 28 (ANI): Kannur police has registered case against district president of Youth Congress and other Congress workers for slaughtering a calf in public view.

Full Story >>

Situation under control: Gujarat CM on Zika detection

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:55 IST     

Gandhinagar (Gujarat), May 28 (ANI): A day after World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed three Zika virus cases in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, the state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday took cognizance of the report while assuring that the situation was under control and there is nothing to worry about.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): Praising the government schools' performance in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class XII exams, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said that they are better than private schools.

Full Story >>

Black Box of IAF's missing Sukhoi-30 found

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): A ground search and rescue party, consisting of Para (Special Forces) and Indian Air Force Garuds along with the army, reached Assam on Sunday, where Sukhoi-30 jet crashed, and recovered the aircraft's Black Box.

Full Story >>

ONGC creates history, employees summit Mt Everest

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 28(ANI): Three more ONGC employees - Santosh Kumar, Nirmal Kumar and Prabhat Gaurav have added on to the historic feat of scaling the Mount Everest.

Full Story >>

Arunachal's Anshu Jamsenpa given rousing welcome in Kathmandu after Everest record

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:27 IST      By: Pradeep Kumar

Itanagar(Arunachal Pradesh)[India], May 28 (ANI) Famed woman mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa was given a grand welcome in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday after conquering Mt. Everest for a record fifth time. She is the only woman in the world to achieve this feat.

Full Story >>

President Mukherjee to present Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskars

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:14 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 28(ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskars for this year at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow.

Full Story >>

Gujarat police seizes demonetised currency, arrests four

Updated: May 28, 2017 19:00 IST     

Bharuch (Gujarat) [India], May 28(ANI): Gujarat police Special Operations Group (SOG) has seized more than Rs 1 crore demonetised currency from a car and also arrested four persons in this regard in Bharuch.

Full Story >>

Gandhinagar (Gujarat), May 28 (ANI): With cases of Zika virus being reported from Ahmedabad, Gujarat Health Minister Shankar Chaudhary on Sunday asserted that there was no need to be worried as actions have been taken in accordance to the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Government of India.

Full Story >>

Chitradurga (Karnataka) [India], May 28 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, in a veiled reference to Pakistan, has said India's defence preparedness needs to be enhanced to the optimum level, owing to its geographical location.

Full Story >>

Chhattisgarh: Seven Naxal supporters caught in Narayanpur

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:14 IST     

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 28 (ANI): At least seven suspected Naxals, including three women, were caught after an encounter took place between security forces and the militants in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district last night.

Full Story >>

Mani Shankar Aiyar clarifies on meeting separatists in Valley

Updated: May 28, 2017 17:52 IST     

New Delhi[India],May 28(ANI): Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who invited flak for meeting Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir, on Sunday clarified his move, saying that he not only met the latter but also many other communities to discuss the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

Full Story >>

Baramulla (J-K) [India], May 28 (ANI): Asserting that the Kashmir youth need employment, a top army officer on Sunday said that defying separatist shutdown call, hundreds of students participated in the army recruitment examination in the Valley.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): Berating two dastardly incidents of the Uttar Pradesh's Rampur and Kushinagar districts, women activists on Sunday attacked the newly formed BJP Government in the state, saying Uttar Pradesh has become an epitome of lawlessness where criminals roam free.

Full Story >>

General Bipin Rawat begins his four-day Myanmar tour

Updated: May 28, 2017 16:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): Chief of the Army Staff, (COAS) General Bipin Rawat is on a four-day visit to Myanmar from May 28 to May 31.

Full Story >>