Getting both Indian tradition and ancient-modern analogy wrong, Indian National Congress‘s (INC) national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha candidate Randeep Surjewala said, to the utter embarrassment of his party, that Sita (of the Ramayana) was disrobed — it was Draupadi in the Mahabharata — and that those molesters were trying to strip India of its democracy. He said those who tore apart Ma Sita’s dress now wanted to rip off democracy.
Addressing reporters outside the Taj Aravali Hotel in Udaipur in the afternoon before leaving for Jaipur, the INC national spokesperson said, “Those people will lose. The BJP is engaged in tearing apart democracy. We did not support the peasant movement for political gains.”
Surjewala said, “We are confident that the democratic majority will win tomorrow. Those who have come to this point on the basis of money power, power power, ED, CBI, those who slander democracy, they had been defeated earlier and will be trounced this time as well.”
Surjewala went on to say, “People wearing a veil of lies… like once Sita Maiya was disrobed, now they want to rip off democracy. Those people will be defeated, they will be exposed.”
After the release of this statement of the INC leader, people on social media are asking Surjewala the question that when Sita Maiya was dismembered?
Pouncing on the opportunity to damn Surjewala and condemn his party, Satish Poonia tweeted, “Sita Maiya was never disrobed. but democracy was disrobed by imposing the emergency and when hundreds of times, the Congress misused Article 356 like Kauravas.”
Former Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod hit back at Surjewala in a tweet: “Why does the Congress hate Hindus so much? Rahul Gandhi, who does election tours from temple to temple, is anyway annoyed by a sacred word like Hindutva. His party keeps insulting Lord Ram. Today again Congress has hurt the faith of Hindus by making indecent remarks on Mata Sita.”
Surjewala is infamous for gaffes and controversial statements. In May 2018, he had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tughlaq and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Aurangzeb.