New Delhi: Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday made another potentially controversial statement while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit- when she claimed that she prioritises work in villages in accordance to the percentage of votes polled in her favour.
Gandhi, who is the sitting MP from Pilibhit, was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “We win in Pilibhit every time, so what is the parameter that we work more for one village and less for the other. The parameter is that we segregate all villages as A, B, C, and D.”
“The village where we get 80 per cent votes is A, the village in which we get 60 per cent is B, the village in which we get 50 per cent is C and the village where we get less than 50 per cent is D. The development work first happens in all A category villages. After work at A category regions is done, then comes B and only after work in B is done, we start with C. So this is up to you whether you make it to A, B or C and no one should come in D because we all have come here to do good work,” the Union minister added.
This is not the first time that Gandhi has courted controversy this Lok Sabha election season.
Recently, while addressing an election rally in Turab Khani village, the BJP leader said that she would not give jobs to Muslims if they did not vote for her. She also said that she would not like it if she won without the support of the Muslims.
Maneka Gandhi is contesting from Sultanpur, a seat won by her son Varun Gandhi in 2014. Varun Gandhi is contesting from Pilibhit, from where his mother had won in 2014.
With ANI and IANS inputs