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Lok Sabha Elections: Randeep Surjewala banned from campaigning for 48 hours over remarks on Hema Malini

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala has been banned from campaigning for 48 hours over remarks on Hema Malini.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 New Delhi Updated on: April 16, 2024 18:53 IST
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Image Source : PTI Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Election Commission of India on Tuesday (April 16) imposed a ban on Congress leader Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48 hours over his remarks on Hema Malini. The ECI action comes days after the Commission issued a show-cause notice to Surjewala for his alleged 'undignified' comments against BJP MP Hema Malini. The EC had sought his response by April 11, 5 pm.

Malini is a BJP Lok Sabha member from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and is contesting the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections from there. 

What had Surjewala said on Hema Malini?

Earlier on April 3, BJP's IT department head Amit Malviya shared a video in which the Surjewala could be seen making a "vile sexist comment" against Malini. 

Surjewala was heard saying in the purported video, "Here is no Hema Malini who can make people licking...no film star. We also respect Hema Malini because she is married to Dharmendra and is our daughter-in-law. These people can be film stars. But, we are not like them. You make me or Gupta ji an MP-MLA so that we can serve you."

How did Hema Malini react to the remarks?

Reacting to the controversy, Hema Malini, said that the leaders of the Opposition should learn how to respect women from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to the reporters in Mathura, she had said that the Opposition targets only 'popular people'. "They target only popular people because targeting the unpopular ones won't do them any good... They should learn how to respect women from PM Narendra Modi," she said.

Surjewala questions authenticity of video

Surjewala earlier said that the video posted by the BJP leader has been edited, distorted and shared to distract the country from the Modi government's anti-youth, anti-farmer, anti-poor policies and its conspiracy to destroy the Constitution of India. "BJP's IT Cell has developed a habit of editing, distorting and spreading fake news so that it can distract the country from the Modi government's anti-youth, anti-farmer, anti-poor policies and failures and its conspiracy to destroy the Constitution of India," he said. "Listen to the full video - I said, "We also respect Hema Malini a lot because she is married to Dharmendra ji and is our daughter-in-law," the Congress leader added.

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