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Gaurav Bhatia termed as new Sambit Patra for saying Congress’s leader to wear petticoat

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New Delhi: A video clip of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia suggested rival party Congress spokesperson Rohan Gupta to wear a petticoat and sit since, according to him, the latter was scared of his argument.

In the viral video, Bhatia is heard saying, “If you are so frightened, then go and wear a petticoat.” No sooner had he finished making the sexist slur, the show’s anchor Rubika Liyaquat angrily reacted and admonished the BJP spokesperson for making a sexist slur.

Liyaquat said, “Gaurav Bhatia what is this? What kind of language are you using? You will indulge in such theatrics on my show. What do you meany by ‘go and sit by wearing a petticoat.’ They are in the opposition. They have a right to ask you questions.”

Rubika also reminded how he had also disparagingly referred to opposition as a bed bug as she demanded an apology from him. But, an unfazed Bhatia refused to apologise for his sexist slur. She asked if she was not brave because she wore a petticoat.

Meanwhile, the video has evoked angry reactions from journalists and other social media users with many also hailing the anchor for rebuking Bhatia for his distasteful statement.

Well done @RubikaLiyaquat. So.proud of you. Gaurav has just lost it. He has disgraced the art of debating. Always. What a shame.. https://t.co/hFIhdGq5cS— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) March 6, 2019

 

BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia compared with Sambit Patra for suggesting Cong spokesperson to wear petticoat:

 

The BJP spokesman @gauravbh slanders women/opposition saying: “Wear petticoat…” and doesn’t stop or apologise even after anchor objects to his abusive tirade. pic.twitter.com/6iv3p2726j— TheAgeOfBananas (@iScrew) March 5, 2019

With this blatant sexist remark @gauravbh has shown he’s chosen the right party to be affiliated with: @BJP4India. The audacity with which he continued to speak over the anchor, without showing any remorse, pretty much sums up who he is & the kind of men the ruling party endorses https://t.co/HaBNv8aNYd— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) March 6, 2019

His critics have often likened him to another controversial BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who is also known for using derogatory terms while addressing his political rivals.

Reacting to the latest viral video, one user Chandan wrote, “New Sambit Patra.” User Jai Deep Chaudhary wrote, “Second… Patra is coming…”

Bhatia, who had joined the BJP after severing ties with the Samajwadi Party, is known for making objectionable comments targeting the opposition parties. In December, while taking part in a TV debate on India TV, he had sensationally addressed Congress President Rahul Gandhu as a ‘peon.’

His chaprasi (peon) remarks did not go down well with the Congress spokesperson, Ragini Nayak, who lost her cool and addressed Bhatia’s father as a peon. An angry Nayak had left the debate while repeatedly calling Bhatia’s father as chaprasi.

 

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PM pitches for ‘One Nation, One Election’ as need of India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for ‘One Nation, One Election’, saying it is the need of India as polls taking place every few months impact development works.

Addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference via video conference, Modi also paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and asserted that India is fighting terrorism now with new policy and new process.

Noting that it was the biggest terror strike on India, Modi said India can never forget the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

On November 26, 2008, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived through sea and opened fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring many during the 60-hour siege in Mumbai.

Pitching strongly for ‘One Nation, One Election’, Modi said it is not just a matter of debate, this is the need of India.

“Elections are held at different places every few months, the impact it has on development works is known to all. Therefore, it is a must to have deep study and deliberation on ‘One Nation, One Election’,” Modi said.

The prime minister also suggested a single voters’ list for Lok Sabha, assembly and panchayat polls, saying separate lists are a waste of resources.

Legislature, Executive and Judiciary should work with better coordination and national interest should be the basis for every decision, Modi said.

“We must remember that when politics take over people and nation-first policies, the nation has to pay adversely in such situations,” he said.

He also cited the example of delay in the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, saying it kept lingering and was completed after years.

“This could have happened earlier if development was given precedence. Those who stalled it, have no repentance,” he said in a clear attack on the Congress.

Underlining that there is no place for politics of untouchability, Modi cited the example of the Statue of Unity built by his government for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel despite him not being from the BJP or the Jana Sangh.

Constitution is our guiding light to take on challenges in the 21st century and national interest should be our basis for every decision, Modi said

He called for raising awareness about the Constitution.

“Our Constitution has many features but one very special feature is the importance given to duties. Mahatma Gandhi was very keen about this. He saw a close link between rights and duties. He felt that once we perform our duties, rights will automatically be safeguarded,” Modi said.

He also referred to the practice of KYC (know your customer) in the corporate world and said there should be a similar KYC drive in the form of Know Your Constitution to popularise the Constitution and its different features.

The All India Presiding Officers Conference began in 1921, and the Gujarat event marks its centenary year.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Harmonious Coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary- Key to a Vibrant Democracy’.

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