If Congress minister Sriprakash Jaiswal thought old wives lose their charm, his ‘friends’ in the BJP decided it was time they found him a new wife. And so they did.
On Thursday, a poster was seen in Kanpur, which put together Jaiswal and actor Rakhi Sawant in full wedding regalia. But the joke backfired badly.
On Friday, a furious Sawant called up BJP leaders, asking them to wed their own Smriti Irani and Hema Malini to Jaiswal and demanding an apology.
“She felt being ‘married off’ to a 68-year-old politician would portray her in a negative light and deprive her of Mr Right,” said Shri Krishna Dixit of BJP youth wing, who spoke to Sawant.
“We told her moral lectures from her were not welcome, but we put forth an apology.”
But the retreat has not pacified anyone. The women’s organisations, which took on Jaiswal for his comment earlier this week, are now livid with the BJP.
“First the minister lowered the self esteem of women and now the BJP assassinated the character of a woman to score political points,” said Neelam Chaturvedi, convenor of Mahila Manch.
The Supreme Court has held that the two-finger test on a rape survivor violates her right to privacy, and asked the government to provide better medical procedures to confirm sexual assault.
The Bombay High Court has refused to quash a criminal complaint against an artist who painted nude and derogatory pictures of his estranged wife in his bedroom
Ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India, about 50 people on Saturday held a protest in Delhi demanding suspension of talks with China.
Rejecting the bail plea of Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen and one of his close aides, a West Bengal court Saturday sent them to judicial custody till May
The Tihar Jail here registered a record turnover of Rs.32.17 crore in 2012-13 against a turnover of Rs.12.20 crore during the previous year.
The orange city on Saturday recorded a maximum temperatures of 47 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the country
Eight villagers, including 3 children, and a securityman of elite Cobra battalion were killed in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Naxal-affected Bijapur.