An undated video of Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel purportedly offering advice to Bharatiya Janata Party workers on how to secure votes is doing the rounds, The Times of India reported on Saturday.
The former Gujarat chief minister is seen telling Satna mayor Mamta Pandey and other party workers to adopt children to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieve his goal for 2022. “Votes will not come just like that,” Patel is purportedly heard saying. “Go to villages, sit with them and show some care. You will only get votes when you adopt needy and malnourished children, run a campaign, ask others to join...only then Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream for 2022 will be fulfilled,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government aims to ensure houses for the poor, access to electricity, healthcare, sanitation and education and improve farmers’ incomes by 2022.
The Congress rebuked Patel over the video and demanded that President Ram Nath Kovind take note of it. “With such statements, the office of governor loses its respect and dignity,” Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha said in a tweet.