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Union Minister Mahesh Sharma asks Women Tourists Not to Wear Skirts

The union minister for tourism Mahesh Sharma has become the address for controversial statements after his latest statement on women goes viral.He asked women tourists not to wear skirts.

Mr Sharma advised women tourists entering India not to wear Skirts and avoid going out alone during night times. He also said that the tourists would be receiving a welcome kit with do’s and don’t’s.

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“…Paryatako ko, jab wo airport par aate hain, unko ek welcome kit di jaa rahi hai. Ek card hai usme, usme do’s and don’ts, kya karein aur kya na karein. Jaise chhoti chhoti batein hain, humne unhe bataya ke aap chhoti jagah par raat-waat ke time akele na niklein, skirts na pahnein… Doosra humne unhe bataya ki aap jis gaadi mein baithe, us gaadi ki number plate ka photo le lein aur apne… kisi dost ko forward kar dein,” he said on Sunday.

He received a huge lash from twettariti after his comments. When he was asked about his statement restricting the freedom of the women, he said that

We have a different dress code for temples. Kindly keep that in mind while dressing up,” he had said. “We are not telling them what to wear and what not to wear. We are only saying that when they go out at night, they should be careful. We have no right to try and change anyone’s clothes or way of thinking,” he added.

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He clarified that the dress code was mentioned in the context to religious places as India is a cultural country. Here are some tweets received after the union ministers comments;

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Previously the minister has been into controversial statements when he said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam was a “great man” and a “nationalist and a humanist”, “despite being a Muslim”.

His other statements which received huge backlash are

“Girls wanting a night out may be all right elsewhere but it is not part of Indian culture.”

“Culture defines a nation. The time has come to win back our culture from the negative influence of Western culture,” he said, adding, “In our culture women of three generations cook food in the same kitchen… in Europe, a 16-year-old leaves home.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu quits BJP,likely to join AAP ?

Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and also quitted from the Bharatiya Janatha Party. While his wife and Amritsar MLA Navjot Kaur said that she’s still with BJP and hasn’t resigned.

Two-and-half months ago BJP lead NDA government had nominated the cricketer turned politician to the Upper House. Until now Sidhu had not spoken a single word about the incident. The resignation of 52-year-old Sidhu was accepted by Chairman Hamid Ansari with immediate effect.

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Earlier Sidhu refused to campaign for the party if they continued with the alliance as he had a bad relationship with BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal.

Recently during an interview, she hinted that he would join AAP. She also said that Mr Sidhu’s resignation should be seen as his exit from the BJP, his party of 12 years. Navjot Kaur also added that she remains with the BJP and would represent the party in the state legislature.

The 52-year-old was a three-time Member of Parliament from Amritsar, Punjab and was not given the seat to contest since BJP had allotted the same for Cabinet minister Arun Jaitley, where he lost. From that point of time gap between Sidhu and BJP has widened.

The Lotus party had made a valiant effort by giving him the Rajya Sabha seat. The sudden exit of Navjot Singh Sidhu from BJP and rumours that he’s going to join AAP may be since Aam Aadmi Party was giving a tough competition to both ruling and the opposition in Punjab.
Some say that he was trying to move to AAP since they offered him the Chief Minister Candidature and the recent incidents strengthened the news. His wife during an interview also hinted the same by saying “He wants to serve Punjab, and there is no choice except serving from the Aam Aadmi Party.

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AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal posted a “salute” on Twitter yesterday to Mr Sidhu for giving up his Rajya Sabha seat.Today he stated about Sidhu that, “He is a nice man…I definitely think the party should talk to him.”

Earlier Singh made many controversial statements about AAP. “I will never join politics; he created the Aam Aadmi Party. I will never take security cover. He took the Z security. I will not take a bungalow. He took a bungalow and started sweeping the floor himself.”
Anyway, Sidhu made an excuse by saying “In the war of right or wrong, you can’t afford to be neutral rather than being self-centered. Punjab’s interest is paramount.”

Everybody is keen on when Sidhu would respond on this issue and the how would be the political battle between Congress, AAP and BJP-SAD parties go further in the upcoming elections.

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