BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri makes it a point to keep up with other loose cannons in the party. Speaking at an event organised at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Shastri said, "All Hindus were savarnas and those who weren't, were non-Hindus." Shastri spoke about Dalits and untouchability at an event held in memory of BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary. Bizay Sonkar Shastri claimed that, many of the 6,500 castes and 50,000 sub-castes in India did not exist until the 12th century. Ambedkar said Dalits of the era are not the shudras of the vedic era and that they have no association with Shudras.