Rajasthan Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja on Saturday claimed that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was not a Pandit as he ate beef and pork.

Ahuja, who has made several controversial statements in the past, said: “Nehru was not a Pandit. One who ate beef and pork cannot be a Pandit. We know that pig is unholy for Muslims, and the cow is pure for us.”

Ahuja had claimed in February 2016 that 3,000 used condoms, 500 used abortion injections, 10,000 cigarette butts and 50,000 pieces of bones were found on the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University every day. In May that year, he defended his comments, claiming that “rapes happen daily” at the university.

“The statues of members of the Nehru-Gandhi family should be brought down,” he had added. “Then people will spit on them.”

In July this year, Ahuja stoked controversy again when he claimed that cow slaughter is a crime bigger than terrorism. “We treat cows like our mother,” he said. “Cow slaughter should be kept in the category of terrorism and special task force should be made to deal with this issue.” Ahuja’s remarks came days after a Muslim man, Rakbar Khan, was allegedly assaulted in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. He later died of his injuries.