Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday drew criticism from various quarters after a video of hers showed her telling Muslim voters in Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat to vote for her or else they will not get their work done when BJP comes to power.
She is seen in the video saying that her win is certain “with or without” the support of the Muslims and the community should realise it.
“You have to recognise that this victory is sure without you and even with you, and you will have to spread the word,” she said while addressing a rally in Sultanpur.
Emphasising that she had distributed Rs 1000 crore for Muslim institutions to flourish, she said: “You came to seek our help at the time of your need. But, if you say during election time that we will not vote for the BJP and instead vote for any other party which can defeat BJP, then it breaks our heart.”
“I have already passed this election. But now if you have to lay the foundation for getting help then this is the right time to do so,” Maneka Gandhi added while indirectly calling upon the Muslim community to vote for her.
Polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases, starting April 11. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.
While Maneka is contesting from Sultanpur, her son Varun Gandhi, is contesting from Pilibhit.