Randeep Surjewala clarifies on 'lick' remark against Hema Malini: 'BJP IT Cell edits, distorts…’

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Congress leader Randeep Surjewala has issued a clarification after he has been facing backlash from the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the alleged objectionable statement made against party MP Hema Malini.

Surjewala said that the video was edited, distorted and he never intended to insult or hurt the actor-politician. The video was posted by the BJP’s IT department head Amit Malviya.

 

What according to BJP did Surjewala say about Hema Malini

Malviya shared an undated video on X and accused the Congress MP of making some objectionable remarks about Hema Malini. “Congress MP Randeep Surjewala makes a vile sexist comment, that is demeaning and derogatory, not just for Hema Malini, who is an accomplished individual, but women in general.

In the video pasted by Malviya, Sirjewala says, “Why people elect their MLAs/MPs? So that they (MLAs/MPs) can raise the public’s voice. It’s not like Hema Malini, who was elected to lick.”

Hema Malini on Randeep Surjewala’s alleged video

Commenting on Randeep Surjewala’s ‘derogatory’ remarks, HEma Malini said that the leaders of the opposition should learn how to respect women from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While speaking to the reporters, before filing her nominations for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, she said that the opposition targets only ‘popular people’.

“They target only popular people because targeting the unpopular ones won’t do them any good… They should learn how to respect women from PM Narendra Modi,” she told reporters.

Surjewala calls video edited, distorted

Referring to the video and BJP’s backlash, Surjewala said that the video posted by the BJP leader has been edited, distorted and shared to distract the country from the Modi government’s anti-youth, anti-farmer, anti-poor policies and its conspiracy to destroy the Constitution of India.

“BJP’s IT Cell has developed a habit of editing, distorting and spreading fake news so that it can distract the country from the Modi government’s anti-youth, anti-farmer, anti-poor policies and failures and its conspiracy to destroy the Constitution of India,” he said. In the video posted by Surjewala, he was seen saying, “We also respect Hema Malini a lot because she is married to Dharmendra ji and is our daughter-in-law.”

He further slammed the saffron party and wrote, “BJP’s anti-women pawns were ordered to cut this video, but these same pawns never asked the Prime Minister why he – Why was it said “Girlfriend worth 50 crores” in Himachal? Why was a woman MP called “Shurpanakha” in the Parliament? Why was a woman CM trolled in such a vulgar manner? Is it correct to say “Congress’s widow”? Is it right to call the top leadership of Congress a “Jersey cow”? My statement was only that in public life, everyone should be accountable to the people, be it Nayab Saini Ji, Khattar Ji, or myself. Everyone rises or falls based on their work; the public is supreme and they have to use their discretion in making their choice.”

“Neither did I intend to insult Hema Malini ji nor to hurt anyone. That is why I clearly said that we respect Hema Malini ji and she is our daughter-in-law. BJP itself is anti-women, that is why it sees and understands everything through an anti-women lens and spreads lies as per its convenience,” the Congress leader added.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 04 Apr 2024, 03:01 PM IST

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