A supporter of India's ruling BJP offers sweets to a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a shocking incident, BJP MLA Vikram Saini from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district has stated that party workers were excited over the scrapping of Article 370 as it would now enable them to marry 'gori' (fair) Kashmiri girls.
He said bachelors in BJP were now welcome to go to Kashmir, buy plots of land and get married.
In a video clip that has gone viral on the social media, the lawmaker from Khatauli was seen speaking at a function organized on Tuesday to celebrate the revoking of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
"The workers are very excited and those who are bachelors, they can get married there. There is no issue now. Earlier, there was lot of atrocities on women.
"If a woman from Kashmir got married to a man from Uttar Pradesh, her citizenship would be revoked. There was different citizenship for India and Kashmir," Saini said addressing the crowd in Hindi.
"The Muslim workers should celebrate here. Get married there to a fair Kashmiri girl. There should be celebrations. Everyone should celebrate Be it Hindu or Muslims. This is something the entire country should be celebrating," he added.
Later, asked about his statement, the MLA said that he had said nothing objectionable.
"Now anyone can get married to a Kashmiri girl without any issue. That is all I said and it is the truth. This is freedom for the people of Kashmir. That is why we organised the event on Tuesday. Now, Kashmiris have attained freedom," Saini added.
Saini said, "Modiji has fulfilled our dream. The whole country is celebrating the move."
Indo-Asian News Service
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