New Delhi: Union Minister  Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who is contesting Lok Sabha election from Buxar constituency in Bihar stoked a fresh controversy by wrongly advising RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi to remain in veil.

Rabri Devi ji ko kya kahiyega, vo toh bhabhi ji hain. Main kahunga ki aap ghungat mein hi rahiye toh zyada accha hai. (Rabri Devi is my sister-in-law, she should remain in veil),” Choubey said while addressing a rally in Sitamarhi parliamentary constituency in support of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) candidate.

Reacting sharply to Choubey’s statement, Rabri Devi, the former Bihar CM said,”BJP’s slogan is “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” but such insult of daughters? It’s insulting towards all women. I want to ask him, will he ask women leaders in BJP to remain under veil and stay at home?”

She added,”Before advising others, the Union Minister should ensure that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s women leaders like Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman put on the veil.”

Rabri Devi also dragged PM Modi into this and said,”Choubeji, why you hate women in veil and why are you afraid of veiled women? Is it what women empowerment lessons of PM Narendra Modi teach?”

Choubey not new to controversy

Earlier last month a video of Choubey threatening a Sub District Magistrate (SDM) after being stopped for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct went viral on social media. In the video, Choubey, a minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, was seen indulging in a heated argument with the SDM KK Upadhyay after the government official stopped his convoy and attempted to apprise the Union Minister about election commission’s order.