BJP leader O P Dhankar has promised youths in Haryana that he will bring brides from Bihar if they are unable to find a match.
Addressing a Kisan Mahasammelan at Narwana in Jind on Friday, Dhankar asked the gathering to strengthen the BJP in the state. “Making the BJP strong also means that those youths in many villages who are roaming without brides will get one.”
Dhankar, the BJP Kisan Morcha president who had lost the Lok Sabha polls to Congress’s Deepinder Hooda from Rohtak, said that while touring the constituency, he used to hear tales that some youths were bringing brides from Bihar and other places.
“I told them that Sushil Modi (senior BJP leader in Bihar) is a good friend of mine. We will ensure a compatible match and do away with the practice of bringing brides from any other place,” he said. Haryana is infamous for its skewed sex ratio of 879 girls per 1,000 males, according to the 2011 census.
Asked about Dhankar’s remark, Modi said, “Dhankar just said that those who want to marry legally will be helped by him. so that girls are respected in the family. I feel that he has talked about giving respect to women and the Bihar government should look into the fact that girls in such a large numbers are going to Haryana. The government should see the objective of such a move. The fact that those girls are being taken away is a matter of concern.”
Ridiculing Dhankar’s suggestion, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said, “What meaning does his words have? Marriage happens on its own. Many people from Haryana and Bihar have married. That happens by consent, not by force. There are strange people in the country and the media is spreading such statements by such people,” he added.