Maneka Gandhi damns EC; says will work only for the villages voting for BJP

Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has once again stirred controversy when she announced a ‘categorical’ approach to be followed after elections for rewarding the voters.

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A day after former Union Minister was caught on camera asking Muslim voters to barter their vote for jobs, she has announced an ‘ABCD’ grading system to classify voters and accordingly reward them after elections. According to Maneka :

  • Those villages which cast 80 per cent votes for the BJP will be in category ‘A’
  • Those which cast 60 per cent votes will be category ‘B’
  • Those villages in which Maneka loses and record less than 50 per cent votes will come in category ‘C’
  • Finally come those villages, which record less than 30 per cent votes in her favour; they will be in category ‘D’

As per the category system, the villages will be prioritised for developmental work (Vikas) based on the category they belong to. Maneka further said that they had implemented this grading system in her former constituency Pilibhit as well.


She even shared a phone number with the crowd and said that they could talk to her directly. Her latest appeal for making voters accountable comes just a day after a video went viral on social media which showed Maneka telling a group of Muslims to vote for her in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, or else they would not receive any help when she is a Member of Parliament. Maneka was addressing a gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur, where she is contesting on a BJP ticket.


According to sources, Sultanpur’s District Magistrate issued the notice after the Election Commission took cognisance of the matter and asked Gandhi to explain her remarks. However, Gandhi later maintained that her remarks were quoted out of context. She even lashed out at her party’s IT Cell for not defending her on this controversy, and said there was no use of such a team who was only posting pictures on social media.


Gandhi is contesting from Sultanpur, a seat won by her son Varun Gandhi in 2014. Varun Gandhi has swapped the seat with Maneka and will be contesting from Pilibhit, from where his mother had won in 2014.

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