A day after BJP expelled the party’s Uttar Pradesh women’s wing president Madhu Mishra for six years for allegedly making objectionable remarks against Dalits, all people associated with the event organised by a Brahmin organisation where she is said to have made the comments are trying to rally behind her.
While Mishra denies making any such remarks, alleging that the audio clips that went viral on social media were tampered with, the organisers, and even leader from rival Samajwadi Party (SP), who is a member of the organising committee, on Tuesday said the episode should not be turned into a big “issue”.
“I am an educated woman. I cannot make such remark against any caste or community,” said Mishra, who has received her PhD in Hindi from Kanpur University. Calling it a “propaganda” by political rivals, she said, “The audio recording has been tampered (with).”
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She also claimed that her speech was not meant for hurting the sentiments of any caste or community.
Local SP leader Ratnakar Pandey, one of the organisers of Sunday’s event, said, “After her speech, Mishra had sought an apology from the gathering…if any of her statements had hurt the sentiments of any caste. I believe there should be no issue after her public apology.”
In an apparent bid to defend Mishra by indicating there had been no objection from others present, Sharma also pointed out that the gathering of more than 2,000 people included leaders from across the political spectrum — the SP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, and RLD. While former state power minister and senior BSP leader Ramveer Upadhyay was the chief guest along with BJP’s Aligarh MP Satish Gautam, local mayor Shakuntala Bharti (of BJP), Congress leader Giriwar Sharma and SP’s Pandey were also present, Sharma said.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai had expelled Mishra on Monday for six years after the audio clip of her speech, which had gone viral on social media, was circulated.
In the audio, Mishra could be heard purportedly saying, “Aaj tumhare sar par baithkar, samvidhan ke sahaare jo raaj kar rahe hain, yaad karo, woh kabhi tumhare joote saaf karte they, aaj tumhare huzoor ho gayen hain. Kyun? Hum bant gaye hain, hum vibhajit ho gaye hain. (Recall that those who are ruling over you with the help of the Constitution now were the same people who once used to polish your shoes. Now they are your masters. This is because we [Brahmins] stand divided).”