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Video of MP governor giving election tips to BJP leaders goes viral, Congress complains

Governor Anandiben Patel‘s advice to BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh where assembly elections are due this year, has kicked off a storm with the Congress accusing her of partisanship.

bhopal Updated: Apr 28, 2018 23:59 IST
Amit Sengar
Amit Sengar
Hindustan Times, Satna/Bhopal
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Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel at the Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.(HT File Photo)

A video showing Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel giving tips to BJP leaders on how to garner votes has gone viral, prompting opposition Congress that they will complain to the President about the governor’s conduct.

President Ram Nath Kovind is on a two-day visit to the state from Saturday.

Anandiben is seen at Satna airport on Friday telling local BJP leaders, including district president Narendra Tripathi and mayor Mamta Pandey, that they will get votes only if they adopt needy and malnourished children of the area.

“Start a campaign and ask others to join,” Patel, a former Gujarat chief minister, is seen telling Mamta Pandey. “Adopt the children and see that the money being given is being utilized properly by the mother. Votes aise nahi milenge. Unke ghar pe jaake baithoge, godi me loge, tabhi vote milenge (Votes don’t come easy. Go to their home, sit with them, take their children in your lap, only then you’ll get votes).

Then looking at some of the officials there she said, “Aap logo ko toh votes hanin chahiye, hame to chahiye” (You don’t need votes but we do) and then she goes on to add, “Tabhi Narendra Bhai (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Ka 2022 ka Sapna pura hoga” (Only then will Narendra Modi’s dream of 2022 be fulfilled. The governor was referring to the prime minister’s target of making a ‘New India” by 2022 where the poor will have access to basic civic facilities, and youth and women will have ample opportunities.

Governor Patel’s openly brazen style giving advice riled the opposition Congress and the party’s senior leader and Madhya Pradesh campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia quickly ticked her off.

“Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel is publicly canvassing for the BJP, which is violation of constitutional norms. The governor’s post has a lot of dignity attached to it. She should work accordingly and not as a BJP election campaigner,” Scindia said in a tweet.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh said, “A person holding a high constitutional post like that of the governor does not have the right or authority to indulge in party politics. It is very unfortunate that Anandiben who was on a tour of Satna and Chitrakoot mentions to the party workers to pull up their socks to get the party in power again.”

Madhya Pradesh goes to polls by year end. The BJP has been ruling the state for the last three terms.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 17:05 IST