Boris Johnson sparks outrage in India with bulldozer photoshoot
Boris Johnson is criticized in India for his "poor timing" after jumping on a bulldozer and waving.
Upon his arrival in India, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson found himself in the middle of a controversy.
Johnson raised several eyebrows after jumping on top of an excavator and waving at a JCB factory in the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister has now been labeled "tone deaf" in the wake of outrage over the destruction of largely Muslim homes in the country using the company's bulldozers, according to India Today.
Johnson arrived in India on Thursday, only one day after Delhi officials ordered JCB bulldozers to demolish houses owned primarily by Muslims.
The event sparked a public outcry, with many criticizing Johnson's terrible timing of his JCB factory visit.
Photos circulated online show the British Prime Minister laughing while seated on a JCB bulldozer.
Amnesty India condemned his visit, calling it "not only foolish, but his silence on the incident is deafening."
Johnson even made it to the front pages of Indian newspapers, where he was chastised for his poor timing.
The Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has denied that the demolitions are primarily directed against Muslims.
Local officials have denied that the demolitions of the dwellings, which are located in an area where religious conflicts erupted over the weekend, were linked to the violence.