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'Why Didn't You Produce More Children to Get Extra Ration': Uttarakhand CM's Statement Draws Flak

Tirath Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

Tirath Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

While addressing a public gathering the CM said families with two members were jealous of those having 20 members

After drawing nationwide criticism over his ripped jeans remark, Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat was found entwined in yet another controversy when he was found asking why small families didn’t have more kids when there was time?

While addressing a public gathering in Ramnagar (Nainital) on Sunday, the chief minister said families with two members were jealous of those having 20 members since the latter benefited most from the government ration scheme.

“(Government) assured every family gets 5 kilograms of ration per unit (during Covid time). The families which had 10 members got 50 kilograms. Those having 20 members got 100 kilograms and those families having 2 members got 10 kilograms. People stored ration and even sold it. The quality of rice was superb and people didn’t (expect) it” CM said while addressing a public event in Ramnagar (Nainital) on Sunday.

He further went on to say that “but then many were jealous why I got 10 kilograms and why another one having 20 members got 100 kilograms (ration). Why (small families) are jealous? Why you did not have (more) kids when there was time?”

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Meanwhile reacting to CM’s statement, senior Congress leader and former CM Harish Rawat asked where the CM is bringing such (laughable) content.

“CM (Tirath Rawat) has become a laughing stock and nothing else,” the former chief minister said.

Last Sunday, CM in a program in Haridwar had said that in the coming times Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be worshipped like Lord Ram and Lord Krishna. Later in another program in Dehradun, he commented about women sporting ripped jeans.

first published:March 21, 2021, 19:58 IST