In bizarre remark by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Chhattisgarh, Banshilal Mahto has been caught on camera stating that girls of the state are now becoming ‘tan-a-tan’. The remark which is being termed derogatory against the women has already triggered and outrage among the public with opposition demanding a public apology.

BJP leader Banshilal Mahto, who represents Korba in Lok Sabha, made the remark while speaking at a wrestling competition late on Monday evening. The wrestling competition was organised as a part of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

Addressing the people on the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, the 77-year-old BJP MP Mehto said, “State sports minister Bhaiyalal Rajwade often tells me that now there is no need for girls from Mumbai and Kolkata. Turis (girls, in Chhattisgarhi dialect) from Korba and girls of Chhattisgarh are now becoming tan-a-tan.”

While speaking to TOI, Sports Minister Rajwade said that he completely disassociates himself from Mahto’s comment. He further added, BJP MP Mahto ‘picked up a line from his earlier statement and quoted it out of context’.

Further commenting the alleged remark, Rajwade’s spokesman told the daily that Bhaiyalal Rajwade had said that there was no need to bring artistes from places like Mumbai and Delhi as Chhattisgarh’s youngsters are ‘talented and capable’.

The remark by the BJP MP was also condemned by former CM Ajit Jogi’s son Amit Jogi. Jogi who was also present at the event when Mahto had made the remark said that he disapproved of such comments.

“It’s very unfortunate for a veteran MP to make such unsavory remarks. It clearly indicates BJP’s mindset towards women,” he added.

Recently, in shocking incident being reported from Vadodara, a BJP corporator was brutally thrashed by local women over an encroachment drive in Gujarat. The BJP corporator was later identified as Hasmukh Patel. The matter was highlighted after the video of him being thrashed went viral on social media.

According to the videos, the BJP corporator was tied to tree and was given a few harsh blows. The accused BJP corportor belongs to ward number 5, Vadodara. The matter took place after the women, agitated over the encroachment drive, cornered the BJP corporator and tied him to a tree.

First Published | 4 October 2017 9:36 AM
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