BJP’s Anantkumar Hegde calls BSNL employees anti-nationals, says they will be fired

In a scathing attack on the state-owned BSNL employees, former Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Uttara Kannada Anantkumar Hegde today said that employees unwilling to work for the improvement of the organisation are in fact ‘anti-nationals’. Addressing the employees traitors, he added that if they refuse to work they will be fired from service.

In a video of an event in Kumta in his parliamentary constituency on Monday that has been widely shared, the MP was seen saying that the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited was a blot on the country as even after being provided money, infrastructure and a ready market, the telco’s employees just refuse to work.

“The only cure for that is privatisation which our government will do. Some 85,000 will be fired and later on more need to be fired,’ he was seen saying in the video. Though the statement of Anantkumar has sparked controversy, social media is flooded with comments supporting his observations. Those who support also points out to the pathetic service offered by BSNL.

The opposition Congress criticised Hegde’s remarks, saying the comments only showed his own worth. The party also said that the Centre was out to privatise everything and this indicated its inability to govern.