BJP’s Maharashtra state chief Chandrakant Patil, targeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule MP on Wednesday, made a sexist comment that has triggered outrage.
“If you don’t understand politics, go home and cook,” the saffron party leader told the MP during a protest.
The hugely controversial comment was made as the two parties sparred over reservations for OBC (Other Backward Class) in Maharashtra jobs and education.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sule was addressing a party meeting on the OBC reservation issue. Raising questions on how the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh got relief from the Supreme Court over OBC reservation, the NCP MP said, “The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh came to Delhi and met ‘someone’… I don’t know what suddenly happened over the next two days and they got a go-ahead for OBC reservations…”
Patil, the BJP state chief, replied to Sule’s statement. He said, “Why are you in politics? Go home and cook. You are in politics and you don’t understand how to meet a CM? You (also) go to Delhi or go to hell or wherever, but give reservations.”
Sule’s husband Sadanand Sule posted the exchange on Twitter, calling out the Hindu nationalist party as a “misogynistic” party.
He said: “I have always maintained that they (BJP) are misogynistic and demean women whenever they can. I am proud of my wife who is a homemaker, mother, and a successful politician, one amongst many other hardworking and talented women in India.this is an insult to all women.”