Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took exception to a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA’s remark that even Lord Ram cannot prevent rapes from happening.
In a strong response to the MLA’s remark, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief mocked the saffron party’s ‘Ram Rajya’ claims demanding that the party leaders shouldn’t insult the Hindu god.
In a tweet posted in Hindi on Sunday, Kejriwal said, “Is this how the BJP speaks about Ram Rajya?”
“In the kingdom of Sri Ram of us Hindus, women were revered. Forget rape, no one even looked a woman in the eyes,” added Kejriwal.
“BJP leaders, do not insult Sri Ram in this manner,” warned the Delhi CM.
He was reacting to a comment by Surendra Singh, the BJP MLA from Bairia in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, who courted controversy by saying that rape was a “natural pollution” and even Lord Ram would not have been able to end incidents of rape.
“I can say this with full confidence that even Lord Ram will not be able to prevent such instances. This is natural pollution, which has not left anybody untouched,” the BJP lawmaker said, when he was asked about the rising cases of rape in Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency ANI on Saturday.
“It is people’s responsibility to treat others as their family, as their sisters. We can only control it through values, not the Constitution,” he added.
The MLA had in June shockingly compared the government officials to prostitutes. He had said those in flesh trade always completed their work after taking money, but officials wouldn’t complete their assignments even after taking money.
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“Officials se accha charitra vaishyaon ka hota hai, woh paisa lekar kam se kam apna kaam toh karti hain aur stage pe naachti hain. Par yeh officials toh paisa lekar bhi aapka kaam karenge ki nahi, iski koi guarantee hi nahi hai (Prostitutes are better than government officials; at least they take money and do their work and also dance on the stage. But these officials, even after taking money, don’t do their work. There is no guarantee that the work will be done),” Singh had said at a public meeting.
After the recent Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly bypolls, he had blamed ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government for the party’s humiliating defeat at both places.
He had said if certain ministers were not removed from the state cabinet, the ruling party’s downfall in Uttar Pradesh was certain.