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VK Singh sparks fresh row, calls media ‘presstitutes’

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh was on Tuesday caught in a fresh controversy over his remarks comparing the Yemen evacuation operation with his visit to the Pakistani mission recently and later making snide remarks against a TV channel.

“Actually speaking, the operation (evacuation) in Yemen is less exciting than going to the Pakistani embassy,” he said in Djibouti when asked about his overseeing the evacuation of Indians.

As his remarks evoked sharp reaction from political parties including Congress which said the comments were “deplorable” and showed his “insensitivity”, he blamed a TV channel.

“Friends what do you you expect from presstitutes,” he said in a tweet late night adding that last time the TV anchor thought there was ‘O’ in place of ‘E’.

However, officials here said the minister was being sarcastic and his comments were in reference to media.

Meanwhile, one of the rescued Indians appreciated the Centre’s efforts and termed the operation as good.

Last month, Singh had raked up a controversy by tweeting with the hashtag ‘DISGUST’ after attending the Pakistan Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Singh had said that he was asked by the government to represent it at the Pakistan National Day reception at the Pakistani High Commission.

“The Government of India has to sent an MoS. They sent me and I went there and came back,” he said replying to a question about his presence at the reception.

He had posted a series of tweets on ‘duty’ and ‘disgust’.

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