Questions on Alwar BJP MP Mahant Chandnath not visiting his constituency riled Union ministers who were in Alwar on Friday to highlight the Narendra Modi government’s achievements during its two years in office.
A few months ago, walls in the city were flashing ‘absconding’ posters of Chandnath, who is a resident of Rohtak district of Haryana and has visited Alwar after being elected two years ago.
When asked about “missing” Alwar MP, Union women and child welfare minister Maneka Gandhi could only say that he is unwell.
One of the reporters asked Union tourism minister of state Mahesh Sharma to suggest an action plan to bring Chandnath back to Alwar. He also pointed out that of the Rs 10 crore of MP development fund, only Rs 31 lakh were used in two years in Alwar.
Sharma said Chandnath was not able to visit Alwar due to his illness but of the total 11 MLAs from Alwar, nine were from the BJP and they were working for the district’s development.
“I am from Alwar and I am committed to ensuring constant development of my birthplace,” he said.
When asked about the nature of Chandnath’s illness, the BJP leaders tried to dodge the question. However Maneka Gandhi said his illness is severe and they have no right to discuss his illness in public.
The Congress workers burnt the effigies of Modi and demanded that Mahant Chandnath be ordered to return to his Lok Sabha constituency. District Congress committee president Tika Ram Jully told HT: “This is a black day for Alwar. The people have not seen the face of their MP since they cast their vote, and the development of Alwar has been sidelined.”
Maneka Gandhi was also asked about the posters projecting Varun Gandhi as the CM candidate in Uttar Pradesh. “The party will take a sensible decision on this matter and these posters were not printed by either Varun Gandhi or any BJP worker. India is a free country and people are free to waste their money on whatever they want.”
When she was asked about the derogatory remarks on the JNU made by BJP MLA Gyan Deo Ahuja, who was sharing the stage with her, the minister said she is not aware of the exact comment.
When Mahesh Sharma whispered her ear about the incident, Maneka Gandhi said: “I do not want to talk lightly about this institute as JNU is a serious institute and I know it well having been studied there 40 years ago.”
The Ramgarh MLA in February said 50% of the cases of rape and molestation in New Delhi were committed by the JNU students and that more than 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles are found daily on the campus.