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Congress Leader Randeep Surjewala Clarifies Intentions Amidst BJP Backlash Over Alleged Remarks On Hema Malini

Surjewala responded by stating that the video shared by the BJP leader has been manipulated and disseminated to divert attention from the Modi government’s policies.

Randeep Surjewala Hema Malini

Randeep Surjewala and Hema Malini

Following criticism from Bharatiya Janata Party leaders regarding his purported derogatory statement towards BJP MP Hema Malini, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala clarified on Thursday that he never intended to insult or harm the actor-politician.

Surjewala’s clarification ensued after Amit Malviya, head of BJP’s IT department, shared an undated video on X, alleging that the Congress MP had made objectionable remarks about Hema Malini.

“Congress MP Randeep Surjewala makes a vile sexist comment, that is demeaning and derogatory, not just for Hema Malini, who is an accomplished individual, but women in general. He asks, ‘Why do we make MLA? So that they can raise their voice, and get our views accepted. Is there any Hema Malini who is made to lick?’ Who thinks of women as something to lick? That is the most disgusting description someone can come up with. Just the other day, Surjewala’s colleague was asking the ‘rate’ of another BJP woman leader, and now this… This is Rahul Gandhi’s Congress. It is misogynistic and abhors women,” Malviya posted on X.

Surjewala responded by stating that the video shared by the BJP leader has been manipulated and disseminated to divert attention from the Modi government’s policies, which he characterized as detrimental to the youth, farmers, and the underprivileged. He further alleged a conspiracy to undermine the Indian Constitution.

“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.

Hitting out at the BJP-led central government, Surjewala said, “BJP’s anti-women pawns were ordered to cut this video, but these same pawns never asked the Prime Minister why he – Why was it said “Girlfriend worth Rs 50 crores” in Himachal? Why was a woman MP called “Shurpanakha” in the Parliament? Why was a woman CM trolled in such a vulgar manner? Is it correct to say “Congress’s widow”? Is it right to call the top leadership of Congress a “Jersey cow”? My statement was only that in public life, everyone should be accountable to the people, be it Nayab Saini Ji, Khattar Ji, or myself. Everyone rises or falls based on their work; the public is supreme and they have to use their discretion in making their choice.”

“Neither did I intend to insult Hema Malini ji nor to hurt anyone. That is why I clearly said that we respect Hema Malini ji and she is our daughter-in-law. BJP itself is anti-women, that is why it sees and understands everything through an anti-women lens and spreads lies as per its convenience,” the Congress leader added.

Meanwhile, coming down heavily on Surjewala over his objectional statement against Hema Malini, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla said that the only identity of the Congress is disrespecting the ‘nari shakti’.

“Nari Shakti Apmaan is the Congress’s only Penchan. And this has been yet again proved by cruel, crude, disgusting, misogynist and sexist statements by Surjewala, and those statements cannot even be repeated what he has said for Hema Malini ji. So this kind of approach of Congress which is against women is very common, from UCC, and Shah Bano to triple talaq. What action will they take against Surjewala? It shows the mindset of the congress, and nari shakti will definitely punish them in this election for the kind of mindset they have shown,” Poonawala said.

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