BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia has courted a huge controversy after he made a sexist slur against a Congress spokesperson while taking part in a LIVE TV debate on ABP News. His comments angered the show’s female anchor Rubika Liyaquat, who demanded an apology from the BJP leader, while social media users declared him the new Sambit Patra.
The video clip of Bhatia asking Congress spokesperson Rohan Gupta to wear a petticoat and sit since, according to him, the latter was scared of his argument. In the viral video, Bhatia is heard saying, “If you are so frightened, then go and wear a petticoat.”
No sooner had he finished making the sexist slur, the show’s anchor angrily reacted and admonished the BJP spokesperson for making the slur. Liyaquat said, “Gaurav Bhatia what is this? What kind of language are you using? You will indulge in such theatrics on my show. What do you meany by ‘go and sit by wearing a petticoat.’ They are in the opposition. They have a right to ask you questions.”
Liyaquat also reminded her how he had also disparagingly referred to the opposition as a bed bug as she demanded an apology from him. But, an unfazed Bhatia refused to apologise for his sexist slur. She asked him if she was not brave because she wore a petticoat.
Meanwhile, the video has evoked angry reactions from journalists and other social media users with many also hailing the anchor for rebuking Bhatia for his distasteful statement.
— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) March 6, 2019
— TheAgeOfBananas (@iScrew) March 5, 2019
With this blatant sexist remark @gauravbh has shown he’s chosen the right party to be affiliated with: @BJP4India. The audacity with which he continued to speak over the anchor, without showing any remorse, pretty much sums up who he is & the kind of men the ruling party endorses https://t.co/HaBNv8aNYd
— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) March 6, 2019
His critics have often likened him to another controversial BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who is also known for using derogatory terms while addressing his political rivals.
Reacting to the latest viral video, one user Chandan wrote, “New Sambit Patra.” User Jai Deep Chaudhary wrote, “Second… Patra is coming…”
Bhatia, who had joined the BJP after severing ties with the Samajwadi Party, is known for making objectionable comments targeting opposition parties. In December, while taking part in a TV debate on India TV, he had sensationally addressed Congress President Rahul Gandhu as a ‘peon.’
His chaprasi (peon) remarks did not go down well with the Congress spokesperson, Ragini Nayak, who lost her cool and addressed Bhatia’s father as a peon. An angry Nayak had left the debate while repeatedly calling Bhatia’s father a chaprasi.