Just hours after landing in India, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson found himself in the middle of a controversy.
Johnson raised his eyebrows after jumping on an excavator and waving to the media at a factory of British construction giant JCB during his visit.
The prime minister has since been dubbed “deaf of ears” amid outcry over the destruction of mostly Muslim homes in the country using the company’s bulldozers, India Today reported.
Johnson arrived in India on Thursday, just a day after Delhi officials ordered JCB bulldozers to destroy properties mostly owned by Muslim residents.
The ordeal caused a public outcry, as many criticized Johnson’s unfortunate timing for his visit to the JCB factory.
Photos shared online show the British Prime Minister smiling as he perches on a JCB bulldozer.
Johnson was criticized by Amnesty Indiawho called his visit “not only ignorant but his silence on the incident is deafening”.
Johnson even found himself on the front pages of Indian publications, which also criticized his poor timing.
The right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has denied claims that the demolitions mainly targeted Muslims.
Local officials disputed claims that the demolitions of the homes, which are in an area where religious riots broke out over the weekend, were linked to the violence.
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