A day after Rajasthani Minister Rajendra Singh Gudha faced massive criticism over a video of him saying the roads in his constituency should be like the cheeks of actress Katrina Kaif, the BJP – in opposition in the state – called for “strict action” against him.
Attacking the minister for his bizarre comments, BJP spokesman Ram Lal Sharma said: “To make such a statement about women is indecent. The chief minister should take tough action. The culture and tradition of Rajasthan have not been such that a person in constitutional office makes such a declaration. “
Rajendra Singh Gudha is the same leader who, in the assembly elections, said he gave money to get a ticket and vote, Sharma said, quoted by PTI news agency.
Mr. Gudha was one of 15 ministers who were sworn in on Sunday in a major cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan and is one of four newly inducted ministers of state.
The congressman, who now holds the portfolio of Sainik Kalyan, Home Guards, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, was speaking to residents in his constituency when a member of the crowd complained about the state of the roads. He was then seen repeating the remark amidst cheers from the audience.
In the alleged video of the event, Mr Gudha was also heard saying that the roads should be like Hema Malini’s cheeks, but added that the actor is “too old”. He then added that the roads should be like “Katrina Kaif’s cheeks”.
Several social media users called her comment inappropriate and demanded a response from Congress Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who highlighted women’s issues and pledged greater political representation of women in the upcoming elections. to the Assembly.
This is not the first time that such a remark has been made. Several ministers have in the past promised to build roads in their constituencies like the cheeks of actor-turned-politician Hema Malini.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav reportedly said in 2005 that Bihar’s roads would soon be made “as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks”. Although in 2010, he denied ever saying it and accused rivals of falsely attributing the comment to him.
In 2013, Uttar Pradesh Khadi and village industry minister Raja Ram Pandey sparked a controversy by allegedly promising to build roads in the Pratapgarh district “like the cheeks of actresses Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit”. He was later sacked by then-chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for his comment.
The same year, the leader of the BJP and then the minister of Chhattisgarh, Brijmohan Agarwal, had compared the roads of the state to the actress Hema Malini.
Former Madhya Pradesh Legal Affairs Minister PC Sharma in 2019 compared the state of the state’s roads to the cheeks of BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and said the congressional government would do them like Hema Malini’s .
Mr. Gudha ran for parliamentary elections on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) list and won in Udaipurwati constituency. He is one of five BSP deputies who later left the party and joined Congress.