A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA in Madhya Pradesh has suggested that the party should give tickets to those candidates for local bodies elections who have helped at least 100 families in solemnising marriage of their daughters. Rameshwar Sharma, the MLA from Huzur Assembly constituency said that if his idea was brought to practice, then it will discourage candidates from using illegal means during polls, a PTI report said. Speaking to the agency, Sharma said that the tickets should be given to those candidates, who would help at least 100 people from his/her areas in conducting the marriage of their wards.
He also said that during elections, there is information about liquor being distributed to attract voters, but such practices would lead the leaders to take help of philanthropic activities rather than using illegal means to win polls. The public remembers for a long time, therefore if a leader helps a family in solemnising marriage of their daughter, it will have a great impact and will also help spiritually. Sharma further told the news agency that in this way if a leader helps in the marriage of 500 girls in five years, it will also help in increasing the popularity of leaders.
Earlier this month, the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh had decided to help poor Muslim families in organising weddings of their daughters. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given his consent to mass weddings of poor girls belonging to minority communities and we have included it in the 100 days programme of the state government.” Minorities Affairs Mohsin Raza had said recently.
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He had also that a proposal was being made and apart from providing monetary assistance of Rs 20,000 to each bride, the state government would also bear the expenses for mass weddings.