After coming into controversy over talk of banning entry of Muslims in garba pandals, BJP MLA Usha Thakur on Saturday asked women to avoid wearing backless cholis and low waist ghagaras while performing garba dance.
"There should be no flesh show. This is against decency and our culture," she said, while addressing a gathering of over 6,000 women who had come to recite Durga saptshati, the Sanskrit verses devoted to worship of goddess Durga. The event was organised on occasion of ongoing Navratri festival was titled as 'Cultured daughters, empowered India'. It was organised by Samagra Kranti Chetana Manch of which Thakur is a convener.
In her speech, Thakur urged parents to impart Indian values to their children. "You will look beautiful if you dress up decently in Gujarati and Rajasthani costumes," she told mothers and girls present at the function.
She also called on graba organisers to stop playing garba songs based on film songs. "Instead, sing Sanskrit shlokas set in music. This will invoke deities," she added. State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, city BJP president Kailash Sharma, party MLAs and other BJP office bearers were present in large numbers at the function.
Young girls preformed martial arts on the stage which everyone present applauded.
When asked the purpose of holding Durga saptshati recital, Thakur said the event which will now be held every year is aimed at women empowerment. Samagra Kranti Chetana Manch, she said, will impart martial arts to girls, help them in education and will also impart spiritual education. "My statement with regard to banning Muslims in garba pandals was projected in wrong context. That is why I organised Durga saptshati path," she said.
Show of strength
The function organised by Usha Thakur on Saturday is being regarded as show of her strength and a challenge to her rival Sudarshan Gupta, the BJP MLA who represents Indore assembly constituency one where Thakur was MLA earlier. Sudarshan Gupta will take out chunari yatra on Sunday.