A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader kicked up a controversy on Saturday by saying the party would get girls from Bihar to ensure that all men in the state could get married.
Haryana has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the country. The state has 879 women per 1000 men as per the 2011 Census.
The comment made by senior party leader and National Kisan Morcha president OP Dhankhar has touched a raw nerve with the people belonging to the Purvanchal region in the state who have demanded a public apology.
Dhankhar had made the comment at a speech on Friday while addressing the Kisan Mahasammelan at Nirvana. He had said that if the BJP came to power in the state, it would ensure marriage for all males in Haryana by getting girls from Bihar.
As Purvanchali groups threatened a stir, Dhankhar claimed on Saturday that he had been quoted out of context.
“I have been misquoted by the media. I had said that we want girls who are trafficked to Haryana from poor regions of Bihar should be given security and respect. They should be properly rehabilitated by getting them married to men here,” said Dhankhar.
The Purvanchal Ekta Manch held a press conference on Saturday and threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if Dhankhar did not tender a public apology.
“He singled out Bihar but this happens with many other states such as West Bengal, Odisha, etc. We voted for the BJP in the general elections and these are the ‘good days’ that we are made to see,” said Manch president Sanjay Singh.