Yadav Bahu vs& TV Bahu Slug it Out in UP
Varanasi: Overenthusiastic party workers seeking selfies with Samajwadi Party star campaigner Dimple Yadav and their sloganeering interrupting her speeches are becoming a slight problem for the party. An inci- dent involving the Yadav bahu losing her cool is now being milked by the telly bahu-turnedminister and the BJPs star woman campaigner Smriti Irani.
“Should I leave? If you speak one more time, I will leave. I will tell your names to Bhaiya (her husbandandchief ministerAkhilesh Yadav). If you all keep speaking, what is the point of me speaking? You have to remain disciplined and exercise calm,” Dimple told a group of party workers at a public meeti ng i n Al l a habad o n February 20, snapping at them multiple times in her speech.
The video of the live-streamed meetinghasbeenpickedupbythe BJP, especially Irani. Raising it at her subsequent public meetings, Irani said if the CM’s wife was afraid of rowdy SP workers, how would a normal woman feel safe in UP. “A BJP government in UP will give security to Dimple,” Irani said. Dimple, two days ago, hit back saying Irani was dramatis- ing the issue like “she used to speak dialogues in her TV serials”.
The BSP has also raised this issue, saying Mayawati will ensure woman safety in UP, making Akhilesh Yadav wonder on Sunday why Mayawati was so bothered and asked her to call the 1090 woman helpline in that case.
Selfie-seeking and sloganeering SP workers are indeed a niggling issue at Dimple’s public meetings as witnessed by ET at more than a couple of her rallies. An SP spokesperson and Dimple’s companion at most of her rallies, Juhie Singh, told ET that the BJP was worried about the rising popularity of Dimple and the big crowds coming to listen to her at rallies. UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya said the whole state was under fear. “Jis CM se apni patni ki suraksha nahi ki ja sakti, woh kisi aur ki kya karega (A CM who can’t protect his own wife, what will he protect others),” Maurya told ET.
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