Bhopal, April 28 (IANS) A controversial video of Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has surfaced in social media, in which she is seen giving “vote mantra” to a BJP woman leader, advising her to take up the cause of malnourished children herself, instead of depending on government officers.
“These officers do not need votes, but we do,” she tells the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader pointing to the officers in the video.
The video is believed to have been shot during Patel’s visit to Satna district of the state on Thursday, when she was talking to BJP leaders in the area at the local airport.
She also advises the woman leader — Satna Mayor Mamta Pandey — and other party leaders to adopt poor and malnourished kids in the area if they want to get votes in the upcoming polls.
“Eradicating malnourishment is our responsibility. Engage councilors to achieve it. You don’t get votes just like that. You have to ensure people get what they want. The government is providing Rs 500 every month for each child… The children should get its benefit. Only then the dream of Narendra (Modi) Bhai will be fulfilled,” says Patel.
Patel, a former Gujarat Chief Minister, tells Pandey to “visit poor people and adopt their kids” to get their votes.
The Governor’s video has left a section of the people red-faced, who have now tweeted the video to President Ram Nath Kovind, saying she is misusing her post and demanding action against her.