Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s plea to muslims to vote for her has earned the wrath from The Election Commission who have served her a notice. District poll authorities too have issued her with a show cause notice. The Election Commission in Delhi is also examining the transcript of the minister’s speech.
Maneka, the BJP candidate from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency, claimed she is all set to win and told the Muslim audience that “you might need me tomorrow.”
“I am winning. I am winning because of the help and love of the people,” Maneka said at the meeting in the constituency earlier held by her son Varun Gandhi. “But if my victory is without the Muslims, I will not feel very good,” she said, adding she will be left with a bitter feeling
“If Muslims come for some work after this, I will think why bother, what difference will it make.” Suggesting that it was matter of give and take, she added, “We are not Mahatma Gandhi’s children to keep giving without getting anything in return.”
The minister asked them to check with the people in Pilibhit, her earlier constituency. “If there is even one person who says there had been something wrong on my part, don’t vote for me,” she said. Maneka said she had come with an “open mind” and they may feel that they “might need me tomorrow.”
“This election I have already won, and you will need me and want to lay the foundation for this,” she said. She also asked people to pass on this message to others.
The Congress reacted strongly with its spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala saying the Bharatiya Janata Party leader is trying to divide people on the basis of caste and community.