West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Kolkata: Apparently targeting Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's comment about Kashmiri girls, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on Saturday dubbed it "insensitive" and "hurtful" for the entire nation.
In a post on her twitter handle, Banerjee said, "We, and more so people holding high public office, must restrain ourselves from making insensitive comments about the beloved people of Jammu and Kashmir. These are hurtful, not only for J&K, but the entire nation."
Mamata Banerjee said that people holding high public office must restrain from making insensitive comments about the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The tweet followed Khattar's comment at an event in Fatehabad where he was speaking about how his government has improved the gender ratio in the state.
"We have brought so many schemes, like 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao'. "You know Haryana is infamous for its bad sex ratio and female foeticide, but we started a campaign that brought our sex ratio up from 850 to 933. This is a big work of social change."
"Anyone, young and old alike, can understand how this (poor sex ratio) would create a problem in the future...that there will be fewer women and more men," Khattar added.
"So our (minister OP Dhankar) Dhankhar ji said we will have to bring girls from Bihar. Now some people are saying Kashmir has been opened, we can bring girls from Kashmir also. Jokes aside, if (sex] ratio is fine, then there will be a balance in society."
As his comments stoked a controversy, Khattar took to twitter to explain his remarks.
"I have always had an honest dialogue with the public. Daughters are our pride and daughters from all over the country are our daughters."