Haryana has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the country - 879 girls per 1000 boys - as per 2011 Census.
Haryana BJP leader’s 'Bihari wives' remark lands party in controversy
While addressing the Kisan Mahasammelan at Narwana on Friday, Dhankar who happens to be BJP's National Kisan Morcha president reportedly made the comment.
What OP Dhankar said:
"Sushil Modi mera yaar hai, rishtey karwaenge to dhang se karwaenge, yaha waha se lena-dena chhurva denge (Sushil Modi is a good friend of mine, we will ensure a compatible match and do away with bringing brides from anywhere)," ANI quoted him saying on Friday.
BJP ka matlab hai un kunwaro ko dulhan milna jo ghoom rahe hai rajya ke 1-1 gao mai, ladke jo dulhano se vanchit hai: OP Dhankar (4.7.14)— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014
Main jab chunav kshetra main ghoom raha tha to har gao mai bata rahe the Bihar se la rahe hain (dulhan): OP Dhankar (4.7.14)— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014
Sushil Modi mera yaar hai, rishtey karwaenge to dhang se karwaenge, yaha waha se lena-dena churva denge: OP Dhankar (4.7.14)— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014
"Main jab chunav kshetra main ghoom raha tha to har gao mi bata rahe the Bihar se la rahe hain (While touring my constituency during elections, we went to each house in the villages and said that brides will be brought from Bihar)," he added.
Dhankar draws criticism:
Women activists as well as people from Purvanchal region have expressed their anger and demanded an apology from Dhankar for his insensitive remark. Noted woman activist Kiran Bedi too called it shameful and termed it promotes human trafficking. But the BJP seems to be defending Dhankar.
BJP's bizarre defence:
Defending him, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi said that former's statement has been twisted by the media.
His statement has been twisted by the media: Sushil Kumar Modi on OP Dhankar's statement pic.twitter.com/Qt61bsnQKc— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014
Dhankar's statement comes days after Goa PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar's comment in which he demanded a ban on women going to pubs in short dresses and wearing bikinis.
Now, Dhankar's statement has revealed how BJP leaders too are joining the bandwagon of politicians making insensitive statements and later on blame media for twisting their statements. This has once again raised the ongoing debate that why no action is taken against politicians who make such cavalier statements and let their party as well as their people down? Why can't our political class self-regulate themselves and control their slipping tongues and prevent such references in their political discourse?
What must be done:
It has become a need of the hour for the political parties, specially the BJP - which is sitting at the Centre - to put a restraint at its leaders and avoid such controversies. It is high time for the parties to set precedents across the partyline by penalising such leaders that inappropriate remarks and statements are not welcomed in the party. This will set the message straight that everyone has to follow certain code of conduct.
One should refrain from making such statements- Bizay Sonkar Shastri on OP Dhankar's statement pic.twitter.com/aUioI3Jkju— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014
If BJP wants to outperform the ruling Congress in the Assembly elections scheduled to take place in October, it must understand that such statements will only dent the party's image and dampen its chances of faring well in Haryana legislative polls.
He (OP Dhankar) seems to be supporting Human trafficking, he should apologize for his statement: Shobha Oza pic.twitter.com/wkLw3SBOi3— ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2014