Will develop villages on basis of votes: Maneka Gandhi

Will develop an ABCD system and prioritise development work on this basis. For instance, villages that cast 80% votes for BJP will be put in category A, those that cast 60 per cent votes will be in category B and so on

By Author  |  Published: 15th Apr 2019  6:29 pm
Maneka Gandhi
File photo of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi

Lucknow: Even before the controversy over her vote-for-job statements for Muslims could settle down, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has made another statement — this time classifying villages on the basis of votes she gets.

Gandhi, who is the BJP candidate from Sultanpur, said at a meeting: “I will develop an ABCD system and prioritise development work on this basis. For instance, villages that cast 80 per cent votes for Bharatiya Janata Party will be put in category A, those that cast 60 per cent votes will be in category B and so on and so forth.” She further said that this would help in developing a framework for development.

“Villages in A category will get priority in development and then will come the turn of other categories. It is up to you whether you make it to A, B, C or D. No one should fall in D category as we all come here to do well,” she said.

Gandhi said that the BJP has also implemented the same category system at Pilibhit, from where her son Varun Gandhi is now the BJP candidate.

She is already facing a notice from the Election Commission for her earlier statement in which she said that if Muslims do not vote for her, they should not expect her to give them jobs.

Following her previous remarks, the Election Commission had issued a show-cause notice demanding an explanation.

Maneka Gandhi is contesting from Sultanpur where she is pitted against Sanjay Sinh of Congress and Chandra Bhadra Singh of BSP. Sultanpur goes to polls in the sixth phase on May 12.