New Delhi: Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi on Friday stirred a huge row as she told Muslims at Turab Khani village in Sultanpur that she would not want to give them jobs if they do not vote for her.
Gandhi, while addressing a poll rally in the Muslim-dominated village, said she would not like it if she wins without the support of Muslims.
The three-minute speech has gone viral on social media and sparked outrage for its blatant communal content.
Leaving no doubt what the intention behind her statement was, Gandhi further said that Muslim voters need to understand that it is a give and take relation.
“It is not that I will keep on giving without getting your support in elections in return,” she said, adding that “We are not the children of Mahatma Gandhi.”
“You can ask anyone in Pilibhit about the kind of work I did there. If you feel I haven’t done enough, you can decide not to vote for me,” she told the crowd.
She kept reiterating that she was bound to win the elections and it was the people who needed her, and not the other way round.
Congress leader Sanjay Jha slammed Gandhi for her statement and termed it ‘scandalous’.
“#SCANDAL! Naukri ek sauda hai says #BJP’s #ManekaGandhi. Dear Demographic Dividend India, now you know why India has an unemployment, #jobs crisis. For #BJP, providing jobs is a commercial deal; you have to help them first to get a job. A quid pro quo. It is a barter, give & take (sic),” Jha tweeted.
Gandhi had won the Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit in 2014. However, the party fielded her from Sultanpur this time, while her son Varun Gandhi has been fielded from Pilibhit.