New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel raked up a controversy when a video of her tutoring BJP leaders on ways to garner votes went viral. In the video she is seen telling BJP leaders in Satna district that ‘you will only get votes when you adopt needy and malnourished children’.
Patel said this during her trip to Chitrakoot ahead of President Ramnath Kovind’s two-day visit to the BJP-ruled state, where Assembly elections will be held later this year.
Congress leaders are planning to write to the Rashtrapati Bhavan about her conduct to demand suitable action against her. The opposition has accused Ms Patel of misusing her constitutional post to further the electoral cause of the ruling BJP in MP.
“Run a campaign, ask others,” she tells Satna mayor Mamta Pandey and other party leaders. Ms Pandey tells her they have already adopted a lot of kids from anganwadis (child care centres).
“Votes aise nahi milenge (votes won’t come like that). Go to villages. Unke ghar pe jaake baithoge, haath pheraoge, tabhi votes milenge (go sit with them, caress them, only then you’ll get votes),” Ms Patel offers her advice, and adds, “…only then Narendra Bhai’s (PM Narendra Modi) dream for 2022 will be fulfilled.”
She also tells the officers, aapko toh vote lena nahi, humein to vote lena hai (you don’t need votes, but we do).
PM Modi has set himself a challenge, a ‘New India’ by 2022, by which time he promised, the poor shall have pucca houses, access to electricity, healthcare, sanitation and education, farmers’ incomes shall double, there will be ample opportunities for the youth and women, and India would be free of scourges such as communalism, casteism and terrorism.