Recently, MLA Raghav Chadha faced massive criticism online after he called Navjot Singh Sidhu the ‘Rakhi Sawant of Punjab politics’. While Rakhi too responded to his statement by giving a befitting reply, many people asked why a hardworking woman such as her is being dragged into such controversies unnecessarily.
However, in another incident, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker, Hriday Narayan Dixit, made a derogatory statement about Rakhi Sawant – a video of which is circulating online. The Indian Express quoted him saying:
“Gandhi ji used to wear few clothes, he used to wear dhoti. Gandhi ji was called Bapu. Now, had anyone become a great personality just by shedding their clothes then Rakhi Sawant would have been bigger than Gandhi.”
After facing criticism for his statement, Dixit clarified that he was just trying to “praise” Mahatma Gandhi.
“I was praising by trying to explain that a person becomes big by hard work, honesty, his karma and his capabilities. I was trying to explain that there are various factors that make one great,” he said.
Watch the video here:
यूपी विधानसभा अध्यक्ष हृदय नारायण दीक्षित का विवादित बयान, बोले- गांधी जी कम कपड़े पहनते थे, धोती ओढ़ते थे, गांधी जी को देश ने बापू कहा, अगर कपड़े उतारने से कोई महान बन जाता तो Rakhi Sawant महान बन जाती#MahatmaGandhi #RakhiSawant #UP #HridayNarayanDikshit @Speaker_UPLA pic.twitter.com/x8u7UcK4vG
— Nedrick News (@nedricknews) September 20, 2021
However, what people online highlighted was that there was no need for him to mention Rakhi Sawant and show her in a negative light. Have a look:
UP Assembly Speaker and MLA Hriday Narayan Dixit Comparison of Mahatma Gandhi with Rakhi Sawant…
What is happeing in the Politics, draging #RakhiSawant name to prove there point.
— Amit Sen (@Ams_Blogger) September 20, 2021
— Rajat ਰਜਤ رجت (@rajat_sharma4) September 20, 2021
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It’s an insult to Gandhi AND Sawant.
Everything and everyone is an object to be used, it seems.
The blueprint of India in the constitution gives dignity and equal respect to all. A Sawant, a Gandhi, a YOU, a ME.. all a part of this.
— Nadir Cazi (@nadircazi) September 20, 2021
I don’t understand this RW men’s obsession with her. If they dislike it so much, why watch. Let her be, she has a right to do what she wants within legal limits.
— Farooq M Khan (@farooq_m_khan) September 20, 2021
Can they ever talk about anything without bringing women, caste or religion in it? 🙄 It's ridiculous that such idiocy keeps getting support. What are people's priorities?? https://t.co/TzE6UHRnme
— Sheetal Sakpal (@sheetalbsakpal) September 20, 2021
Rakhi took to Instagram to address the issue. She posted a picture of her husband’s tweet which read, “Hridaynarayan ji, bohot dukh ke saath yeh kehna padh raha hai ke aaj ke is yug mein aap kisi mahila ke character uske pahanve se judge karte hai.”
This roughly translated to, “I am sad to say this that even in today’s age, you judge a woman’s character by the clothes she wears.”
What are your views on Hriday Narayan Dixit’s statement? Tell us.