Gujarat BJP's attempt to woo women electorate by distributing 'mangalsutras' with their poll symbol 'lotus' as a pendant, has drawn sharp criticism from opposition Congress, which has dubbed the exercise as an "insult to the Indian culture."
According to party insiders, the state BJP is planning to distribute more than 5000 such 'mangalsutras' to the women electorate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "We will distribute mangalsutra to women as it is our medium of campaigning," said BJP media cell member Jagdish Bhavsar.
The gesture will help the party strike a permanent bond with the women electorate, he said.
Congress has demanded an apology from BJP and its Prime ministerial candidate L K Advani, in this regard. "As per our culture, a woman gets mangalsutra from only her husband. Here in a shameful attempt to woo voters, a political party is distributing 'mangalsutra' to the fairer sex. It is an insult to the culture as well as women," said Congress women leaders in a joint statement in Ahmedabad.