Making controversial statements is not something new for octogenarian home minister of Madhya Pradesh Babulal Gaur, and this is perhaps what keeps him in news constantly and gives him strength politically.
In the past few decades, Gaur seems to have mastered the art of how to make controversial statements and how to get out of the storm raised by his statements.
However, the dust that he kicks up always becomes grist to his mill. And the latest is his remarks on rape that a rapist doesn’t tell police before committing the crime. In January last year, Gaur disapproved the foreign western culture-inspired dresses of girls.
He reportedly had said, “Women in foreign countries wear jeans and T-shirts, dance with other men and even drink liquor, but that is their culture. It’s good for them but not for India.”
Gaur continues to stick to his stand that certain film songs publicised as item songs and their picturisation affected the society’s atmosphere adversely.
He has the temerity to say that land mafia belongs to every party (meaning of course it includes BJP too) which is responsible for rise in crime graph.
Notably, many politicians would approve Gaur’s statements in private but wouldn’t dare say it publicly out of fear for earning people’s wrath.
“He may have been politically correct on many occasions but the problem with politics is that everything cannot be said in public,” said a senior BJP leader.
Many politicians can be envious of Gaur’s political acumen that despite allegations against him even from his own party men that he hobnobs with Congress leaders, Gaur continues to maintain his numero uno position in the government. That the leader continues to be a minister in the Chouhan cabinet for the past over eight years even after stepping down from the chief minister’s post underlines his mettle to keep going under any circumstances.
In recent times, Guar invited attacks from his party leaders when during the assembly elections he said five to six ministers would lose assembly elections and later he said during Lok Sabha elections that the Congress might win 5-7 seats. His first ‘prediction’ however hit the bull’s-eye when 10 state ministers lost the election.
It’s Gaur who said several times on record that getting funds from the Centre was not a herculean task.
That all one had to do was to be persistent in one’s demands, pursue the central ministers(during the UPA regime) and understand the system wholly.
Needless to mention, Gaur’s stand goes in sharp contrast to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's, who has been constantly blaming the Centre since he replaced Gaur as the chief minister for not releasing required funds to the state.
A few years back Gaur stunned Chouhan and his ministerial colleagues when, offended by the parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra’s remarks against him, he (Gaur) offered to tender his resignation during the state cabinet meeting. Chouhan and others persuaded him not to do so. Once former chief minister Sunderlal Patwa wanted Gaur to withdraw from the race of ticket for the assembly elections in favour of his daughter-in-law Krishna Gaur, the latter said he would agree his (Patwa’s) proposal if she was fielded from Bhojpur. Gaur’s words disarmed Patwa as it was Patwa’s nephew Surendra Patwa who was to be given ticket for Bhojpur constituency.