,There is a boy at home but the boy cannot (There is a boy in the house who cannot fight)”, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday slammed Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.girl, girl power (I am a girl and can fight)” for her party.
Ms Irani took a jibe at the Times Now Summit 2021, mocking both former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
Responding to the Congress slogan for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Irani said, “In UP, the election will be fought on the issue of development and we expect that there will be a policy and development-led discussion to strengthen democracy. “
referring to the “am a girl…” slogan, raised by Priyanka Gandhi last month during her announcement that the Congress would field women candidates in 40 per cent of the UP assembly seats, Ms Irani said meant “JeeEveryone has a boy but a boy can’t,
Further rejecting Priyanka Gandhi’s proposal to give 40 per cent ticket to women candidates, the Union Women and Child Development Minister said, “It means she is saying that she does not want to give 60 per cent ticket to women.”
She said, “I am not saying in politics and democracy that people should not try. Victory and defeat are part of politics. I lost in 2014 also but the question is how much people have faith in your efforts. “
“Do people have that feeling for that person?” Referring to Rahul Gandhi, he asked further.
He said that women leaders should not be expected to look after only the women members of the society.
“When we talk about women leaders why do we say that women leaders should work only for women, why don’t we say the same for men too,” she asked.
“When we give a constitutional responsibility to someone, then it also becomes the responsibility to do the same work for men, children and elders as it does for women.
Responding to a question whether the BJP works on the formula of polarization, he asked, “Do you think the citizens of this country cannot do political analysis and will fall for one formula?”
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav took a dig at the SP chief when he spoke of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the same breath, saying that this comparison again shows that ‘boys can’t fight, (Boys can’t fight).”
“Sardar Patel is incomparable. Sardar Patel is responsible for awakening the spirit of unity among 500 princely states. You can imagine how’Virat’ (Liberal) should have that personality,” she said.
“Can you compare the man with that gentleman (Jinnah) who said that we divide the country on the basis of religion,” he asked.
“One worked towards uniting the country while the other worked towards breaking it,” he said.
Mr Yadav recently spoke in the same breath of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah, who fought for India’s independence, which was criticized by the BJP.
On Salman Khurshid’s recent book, in which the RSS was compared to ISIS and Boko Haram, Irani said that she had also written a book 15 years ago in which she said that in the 1984 riots, Hindus and Sikhs repented for their sins. had paid for.
“We should ask temple-goers during elections if they know what Salman sahab said about Hindus and Sikhs. What sin have we committed that we were killed in the 1984 riots?” He asked.
On political leaders visiting temples ahead of elections, Ms. Irani said, “At my election rally in 2019, when Amit Shah came to campaign in Amethi, he also visited a mosque. So why are we just talking about temples? let’s talk?”
On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks that Hindutva is everyone’s right and not just one party’s, Ms Irani said there is a difference between an opportunistic Hindu or a political Hindu and a ‘Sanatan’ Hindu.
“But it is also true that we are part of a democracy and who chooses to follow which religion is an individual matter,” she said.
On the gender gap in India, the Union Minister said that India has the highest number of women in political offices across the world, if one looks at their participation in the three-tier governance of the country including the posts of panch and sarpanch.