Those with 2 wives to get double sops: Cong pick

Those with 2 wives to get double sops: Cong pick

INDORE/BHOPAL: Congress candidate for Ratlam, Kantilal Bhuria, sparked a controversy on Thursday by saying that men who have two wives would get Rs 2 lakh under Mahalaxmi Scheme. BJP has complained to Election Commission.
“If Congress forms the govt, those who have two wives will be getting Rs 2 lakh,” Bhuria said at a rally in Sailana (160k from Indore), before he and the audience burst into laughter.
The statement sparked outrage and BJP Mahila Morcha launched a protest. Bhuria claimed on Friday that his words were said in jest, but it did nothing to stop the political storm.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP and state party Mahila Morcha president Maya Naroliya said: “We condemn this indecent statement. Matrishakti will protest against it, just as we did against (PCC chief) Jitu Patwari’s remark against Imarti Devi. I urge Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to ask their party leaders not to use such language against women.”
Bhuria was addressing a public meeting in Ratlam Lok Sabha seat’s Sailana assembly segment with Patwari and former CM Digvijaya Singh when he told the gathering that the Congress manifesto promises to give all women Rs 1 lakh in their bank accounts if the party forms govt. “And those, who have two wives, will get double,” he said, and laughed. Patwari said: “Clap for Bhuriaji, who has just made a big announcement that those who have two wives will get double.”
State BJP on Friday took Bhuria’s comment to EC and demanded action against him and Patwari.
Narolia criticised Congress, saying: “Every other day, Congress functionaries are using indecent language to humiliate women. Women will hit the streets to avenge Bhuria’s statement. Jitu Patwari had used offensive language against Imarti Devi also and faced protests.”
A BJP statement said: “Bhuria has been an MP and former Union minister. He should know the law. His statement on two wives is objectionable and contrary to Hindu Marriage Act.”

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