A Madhya Pradesh Congress politician tweeted himself into a main controversy on Wednesday by evaluating an array of central strategies, including demonetisation and GST, to “daughters” compelled upon the state to get a “son” – Vikas (improvement).
“Men and women have been hoping for a son but what they bought rather was five daughters. All of these daughters were born but a son, Vikas, has not been born however,” Jitu Patwari, a former education and learning minister and the working president of his party’s state unit, 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, progress for all)” slogan employed freely by Key Minister Narendra Modi through campaigning for the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Patwari posted an apology, of sorts, soon immediately after, writing: “I regret if any sentiments have been harm” and including “as far as daughters are involved, they are divine”.
“Modiji broke the again of the country’s economic climate with demonetisation, GST, inflation, unemployment and economic downturn. The community endured all this only in the hope of improvement. I regret if any sentiments have been hurt,” he wrote.
Mr Patwari also re-asserted his declare that he experienced only intended to goal the BJP above “its weaknesses” and failed promises to the men and women.
Among those to lash out at Jitu Patwari was Main Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who demanded Congress main Sonia Gandhi response for her party colleague’s crass remark.
“As the place 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 crime to have daughters? Has Sonia Gandhi specified the process of humiliating daughters to this leader?” Mr Chouhan requested.
The NCW (Countrywide Fee for Women) 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 positive”.
“It is sad that these people, with this sort of thoughts-set, are contacting themselves leaders. What are they training to their followers, I ponder. Will talk to for an explanation from him for confident,” the NCW chairperson tweeted in response to a message by BJP spokesperson