A Madhya Pradesh Congress politician tweeted himself into a major controversy on Wednesday by comparing an array of central techniques, together with demonetisation and GST, to “daughters” compelled on the state to get a “son” – Vikas (improvement).
“Individuals have been hoping for a son but what they received alternatively was five daughters. All of these daughters had been born but a son, Vikas, hasn’t been born however,” Jitu Patwari, a former education and learning minister and the functioning president of his party’s state device, claimed.
Jitu Patwari is an MLA from the Rau constituency in Madhya Pradesh.
The obnoxious and sexist remark was an attempted assault on the government’s “sabka saath, sabka vikas (with all, advancement for all)” slogan employed freely by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the course of campaigning for the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Patwari posted an apology, of types, shortly just after, composing: “I regret if any sentiments have been harm” and introducing “as much as daughters are involved, they are divine”.
“Modiji broke the back of the country’s economy with demonetisation, GST, inflation, unemployment and recession. The general public endured all this only in the hope of progress. I regret if any sentiments have been harm,” he wrote.
Mr Patwari also re-asserted his claim that he had only intended to focus on the BJP above “its weaknesses” and unsuccessful guarantees to the men and women.
Among those people to lash out at Jitu Patwari was Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who demanded Congress chief Sonia Gandhi answer for her social gathering colleague’s crass remark.
“As the nation is celebrating sacrifice of Rani Durgavati (a mid-16th century queen), he is tweeting that 5 daughters ended up born for a son. Is it a criminal offense to have daughters? Has Sonia Gandhi presented the task of humiliating daughters to this chief?” Mr Chouhan asked.
The NCW (National Commission for Women of all ages) has taken cognisance of Jitu Patwari’s misogynist tweet, with the agency’s chairperson, Rekha Sharma stating “will inquire for an rationalization from him for certain”.
“It is sad that these individuals, with this kind of thoughts-established, are contacting on their own leaders. What are they teaching to their followers, I question. Will check with for an clarification from him for sure,” the NCW chairperson tweeted in reaction to a concept by BJP spokesperson