In what should be termed as a derogatory and sexist statement, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Surendra Singh on Sunday said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi should marry dancer Sapna Chaudhary as she belongs to the same “profession” and “culture” as his mother Sonia Gandhi.
His comments came in the backdrop of news reports that suggested Sapna Chaudhary joining Congress party. However, the performer from Haryana denied that she joined the grand old party but said that she will campaign for it
“It is a good thing that Rahul ji is also taking his family tradition forward. His mother (Sonia Gandhi) was in the same profession (dancing) in Italy. And now they have accepted Sapna also. I want to tell Rahul Gandhi that the way his father (Rajiv Gandhi) had accepted Sonia Gandhi, he should also accept Sapna and start his new political innings.”
He further said that the citizens of India will never allow a dancer to run this country and that her presence in any political party will have no impact.
“The people of this country will never allow a dancer to run this country. The country will only be lead by a respectable and honest person like Modi. A dancer joining politics will have no impact on the political scenario of this country,” Singh said.
“I am happy that instead of trusting politicians Rahul Gandhi is now trusting dancers. The best part is that the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law will belong to the same profession and culture. So, the Congress party will operate in one direction with the same character and form,” he added.
Listen to his statement here:
#WATCH BJP MLA Surendra Singh on dancer Sapna Chaudhary joins Congress: Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe se thi.Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aap bhi Sapna ko apna banaye.Sabse acchi baat hai saas aur bahu ek hi peshe aur culture se rahengi pic.twitter.com/HK5XCWcuL6
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Condemning Singh’s remarks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh tweeted, “Will you vote for a party whose leaders keep such poor thoughts about women? If you have rivalry with Sonia Gandhi, then fight by winning election. Why stoop to such offensive comments?”
सुनिये भाजपा विधायक का ये शर्मनाक बयान क्या आप ऐसी पार्टी को वोट देंगे जिनके नेता महिलाओं के बारे में ऐसी घटिया सोंच रखते हैं? सोनिया गांधी जी से विरोध है तो चुनाव लड़कर जीतो गाली गलौज पर क्यों उतर जाते हो संस्कारियों। https://t.co/to2bLyqFJ2
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) March 24, 2019
“Repugnant comments. We need a special brand of Phenyl disinfectant to clean such dirty minds. When a ruling party MLA has the audacity to speak such garbage, you know it has been sanctioned at the top. Nowadays Indian political discourse has become crass, misogynistic & personal,” tweeted People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti.
Repugnant comments. We need a special brand of Phenyl disinfectant to clean such dirty minds. When a ruling party MLA has the audacity to speak such garbage, you know it has been sanctioned at the top. Nowadays Indian political discourse has become crass, misogynistic & personal https://t.co/cZXfzhd5Kx
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 24, 2019