Union Minister Smriti Irani took a dig at Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s slogan ‘Girl hoon, can fight’ and said that there is a boy at home, but cannot fight. Minister Irani also satirized former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav in a program of a private news channel. “The elections in Uttar Pradesh will be fought on the issue of development and we hope that discussions will take place on policy and development and strengthening democracy,” Irani said.
In fact, Priyanka had given the slogan ‘Ladki hoon, lad sakte hoon’ last month while announcing that women candidates will be fielded on 40 per cent seats in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Referring to the slogan, Irani said it meant “there is a boy at home, but cannot fight.” “It means that she is saying that she does not want to give 60 percent tickets to women,” he said.
She said, ‘I am not saying that people should not try in politics and democracy. Victory and defeat are part of politics. I too lost in 2014 but the question is how much people have faith in your efforts. Referring to Rahul Gandhi, Irani said, “Do people have this feeling about that person as well?” He said that women leaders should not be expected to work only for the women members of the society. Asked whether the BJP works on the formula of polarization, he said, “Do you think the citizens of this country cannot do political analysis and will vote because of any formula?”
SP President Akhilesh Yadav had said in a program in Hardoi on October 31 that Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinnah became barristers and fought for the country’s independence and never backed down. Taking a jibe at Akhilesh Yadav’s statement, Irani said that this comparison again shows that ‘boys hai, cannot fight’. “Sardar Patel is incomparable. The credit for inculcating the feeling of unity in five hundred princely states goes to Sardar Patel. You can imagine how ‘Virat’ his personality must have been.’
Irani said, “Can you compare that person with that gentleman (Jinnah) who said let’s divide the country on the basis of religion.” Worked towards uniting while others worked towards breaking it.” On Salman Khurshid’s recent book comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh with ISIS and Boko Haram, Irani said that he (Khurshid) spent 15 years. Earlier also wrote a book in which he said that Hindus and Sikhs had paid for their sins in 1984 riots. On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statement that “Hindutva is not a single party, but everyone’s right”, Irani said there is a difference between an opportunistic Hindu or a political Hindu and a Sanatan, Hindu.