Maneka Gandhi threatens Muslims to vote for her if they want jobs

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 13, 2019, 02:03 PM

Maneka Gandhi
In an astounding turn of events, Union Cabinet Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, has sparked communal controversy across the nation. 
 
At a rally in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where she is contesting from, Gandhi directed her comments at the Muslim community of the constituency and appealed them to vote for her, otherwise, “she will not provide them with jobs”. Gandhi went on to say that “not everyone is like Mahatma Gandhi, where we can just keep giving without expecting anything in return”.
 
These comments, being taken as an example of religious animosity, and anti-Muslim, have led to thousands of citizens, and media persons accuse Gandhi and the saffron party propagating Hindutva in secular India, something which has been suspected often in the past, owing to BJP’s affiliation with the right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The Congress, whose President Rahul Gandhi is Maneka Gandhi’s nephew, has labelled her remarks “scandalous”.
 
The seven-time Lok Sabha member later claimed that her comments were “quoted out of context”, but her justification has been dismissed, as the viral video, an internet sensation, serves as concrete evidence. She has been issued a show-cause notice by the Election Commission.
 


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