New Delhi: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi made a controversial statement while addressing the Muslims at the Turab Khani village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur as part of the poll rally. She said she would not want to give jobs to the Muslims if they do not vote for her in the upcoming elections.

Reacting to her own remark, she said, “I had called a meeting of our minority cell…If you read my complete speech, the channel is running that one sentence out of context and incomplete.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Election Officer BR Tiwari said the EC has taken cognisance of the matter and the District Magistrate, Sultanpur has issued a show-cause notice to Maneka. A report has also been sent to the EC, he added.

Stating she would not like to win without the support of Muslims, Maneka said that her feelings would be hurt if the Muslims come to ask for jobs but do not vote in her favour in the first place.

“My feelings get hurt. If Muslims then come to me asking for work, then I will think let it be, how does it matter? After all, a job is a deal,” said Maneka while addressing a poll rally.

Maneka’s address came to light after her speech became viral on social media. Maneka refused to be subtle regarding her statement and 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 further said.

Maneka’s statement sparked outrage as a Congress leader slammed Maneka and called 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),” Sanjay Jha tweeted.

This isn’t the first time that Maneka made such outrageous comments. Last week, she accused Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati of taking Rs. 15-20 crore from candidates who wanted to be a part of her party.