Ballia: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, Surendra Singh on Sunday passed a derogatory comment and attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi after former Bigg Boss contestant and Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Choudhary joined the grand old party on Saturday evening.
Drawing a parallel between UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Sapna, Singh said that he wanted to congratulate Rahul Gandhi for welcoming the singer-dancer in the party despite her profession. He added that Rahul had followed the footsteps of his father, former PM Rajiv Gandhi who had also embraced Sonia Gandhi despite knowing that she belonged to the same profession as that of Sapna.
In a video shared on social media, Singh was heard saying, “Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe se thi. Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aap bhi Sapna ko apna banaye. Sabse acchi baat hai saas aur bahu ek hi peshe aur culture se rahengi.”
(This is a good thing. It is good that Rahul Gandhi Ji is taking his family tradition forward. His (Rahul Gandhi’s) mother in Italy was also engaged in the same profession. Now I want to congratulate Rahul Ji for embracing Sapna. The way your father (Rajiv Gandhi) embraced your mother (despite her profession), you have also embraced Sapna.)
Singh implied that Sonia Gandhi too worked as a dancer before marrying Rajiv Gandhi. His sexist comment came hours after Sapna formally joined the Congress. There are reports that the famous folk singer and dancer may be pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hema Malini from Mathura in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
This is not the first time that the BJP MLA has made such a statement. A few days back, he had said that there is nothing wrong in calling Mayawati ‘worse than a transgender’. “The manner in which Mayawati has joined hands with the Samajwadi Party (SP) after the state guest house case of 1995 (where Mayawati was reportedly assaulted by SP MLAs) goes on to prove that she has no self-respect,” he had said.