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EC Issues Notice To Randeep Surjewala For 'Vulgar' Remark Against Hema Malini

The Election Commission issued a warning to Randeep Surjewala of the Congress for making offensive remarks about Hema Malini. They also requested a response from Mallikarjun Kharge regarding the party's adherence to guidelines on respecting women.
06:32 PM Apr 09, 2024 IST | Aniket Raj
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Randeep Surjewala

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued a formal warning to Randeep Surjewala, a prominent member of the Congress party and a Member of Parliament, on Tuesday. This came in response to comments he made last week about Hema Malini, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament from Mathura, which were deemed offensive and sexist.

The Election Commission has additionally requested a response from Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge regarding measures taken to ensure the firm adherence to its guidelines on preserving the respect and dignity of women in public discussions by party leaders.

In a video circulated by the BJP, Surjewala was recorded stating, "Why do people elect their MLAs/MPs? So that they (MLAs/MPs) can represent the public's voice. It's not like Hema Malini, who was elected to lick."

Surjewala later accused the BJP IT cell of manipulating the clip and sharing it on social media. He clarified that his actual statement expressed deep respect for Hema Malini, emphasizing her relationship with Dharmendra and likening her to a daughter-in-law.

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In response to Surjewala's alleged remark, the actor-politician stated that the Congress tends to target popular figures because criticizing unpopular ones wouldn't benefit them in any way.

The Election Commission emphasized that Surjewala's alleged comments were deemed undignified, vulgar and uncivilised. They noted that such remarks not only dishonored Hema Malini and undermined her role as a Member of Parliament but also inflicted harm on the reputation and dignity of female legislators from various political backgrounds, women in public roles, and women in society at large.

Mathura, one among the 80 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, is scheduled to cast its votes during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 26. The vote counting process is set to occur on June 4.

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