RLD Chief Jayant Chaudhary in his rally took a dig at BJP for allegedly trying to poach his colleague after he turned down their offer. BJP has been fuming on his sexist remarks about BJP leader Hema Malini during the UP Assembly Polls rally where he mentioned that he “doesn’t want to be Hema Malini.”
RLD Chief Jayant Chaudhary made a sexist remark about BJP leader Hema Malini during one of his rallies in Uttar Pradesh. He said that he “doesn’t want to be like Hema Malini” referring to the alleged offer made by BJP to join them. Since his sexist comment, BJP has been fuming over his remarks about the actor. Hema Malini is the BJP MP from Mathura constituency.
RLD Chief Jayant Chaudhary sexist comment
The comment came after BJP allegedly tried to poach Chaudhary’s colleague from RLD. He alleged that they offered him to join the party with the promise of making him like BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini.
Taking a dig at BJP, he said, “I don’t want to be like Hema Malini.”
Earlier on January 27, BJP had reportedly offered Chaudhary to join their ranks which he refused proving his loyalty to Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party by joining hands with them for the UP Assembly elections. BJP has been criticising the RLD Chief over his remarks about the actor. He also allegedly blamed BJP for their misgovernance in Uttar Pradesh referring to the farmers’ suicide incident.
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Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary has refused any alliance with BJP saying “he is not a coin that flips so fast.”
Union Minister Anurag Thakur hits back
Hitting back at Chaudhary’s sexist remarks, Union Minister Anurag Thakur mentioned that the actor had earned her position with her own efforts and capabilities and he could never be like her. Chaudhary had lost 2014 Lok Sabha elections to Hema Malini from the Mathura seat.
Why aren’t female politicians considered just as competent as male politicians?
Even though women are rising in various fields, proving their potential in each, they are somehow still considered less than men. Indian politics has some very influential and powerful female politicians including Mamata Banerjee, Jaya Bachchan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Zubin Irani, Brinda Karat, Sonia Gandhi, among others. Yet, sexism has not paved its way out when it comes to politics.
It remains deeply rooted in the structure of politics that only a man can become an able leader and women are supposed to remain on the side for display. On one hand one calls out the inability of a woman to rise to power on her own (Hema Malini), on the other hand, women are objectified as male politicians make misogynist remarks about their cheeks or clothes.
Behind every successful man there is a woman. No, sir. Women stand beside men, reaching the same heights as them.
What is this obsession with undermining women’s potential and capabilities? Why is it that when a woman is doing well in life, she needs a man to facilitate her success? Aren’t women strong and independent enough to create their own paths even in 21st century? When is this hypocrisy going to stop?
Views expressed by the author are their own.