Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule’s father, had questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance on Palestine.
Reacting to Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s controversial remark against NCP chief Sharad Pawar and her over their stand on Palestine, Supriya Sule on Thursday said she was surprised to see a “change” in the leader since he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Referring to Sarma’s remark in which he asked her father Sharad Pawar to send her to Palestine to fight for Hamas, she accused the BJP of being disrespectful to women and claimed the party was “rubbing off” on him.
Sharad Pawar had questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance on Palestine, pointing out that India always stood in support of the Palestinian cause. He also claimed Israel had encroached on Palestine’s land. Reacting sharply to Pawar’s remarks, Sarma said, “I think Sharad Pawar will send Supriya (Sule) to Gaza to fight for Hamas.”
Himanta Biswa Sarma was a Congress stalwart in northeastern states till he joined the BJP in 2015. He is often credited with bolstering BJP in the seven north-easternstates.
Sule said she was surprised with the remark as she and Sarma shared the same Congress. She said she knew the BJP was disrespectful for women but she had hopes from Sarma.
“I am surprised because Himanta Biswa Sarma has the same DNA as me, he is originally from Congress. He & I share the same Congress DNA…You know how the BJP is disrespectful towards women. But I had hopes from Himanta Biswa Sarma,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.
She claimed the change in his approach towards women took place as a result of BJP rubbing off on him.
“I am surprised how this change has happened towards women and the approach, probably going into BJP is a little rubbing off on him…BJP IT cell needs to understand & hear carefully what Sharad Pawar has said. Hear his entire statement,” she added.
NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said people don’t take Himanta Biswa Sarma seriously.
“Those who have hatred in mind and those who do not know what international politics is all about. Because Palestine is connected to Muslims and Muslim hatred should be brought to India, is the only plan they have in their mind. This war is being used as a polarisation tool in India,” he added.