Actor Rakhi Sawant, in a dramatic media conference on Tuesday, spoke about the suicide of Pratyusha Banerjee, and invoked 'maa-behen', and Bharat Mata ki Jai, and called for banning ceiling fans as a measure to stop suicides.
"Main chahti hoon ki Bharat Mata ki Jai zyada zaroori nahi hai, har ghar se ceiling fan hatana zyada zaroori hai," (I believe that chanting Bharat Mata ki jai is not as important as removing ceiling fans from every house)," Sawant said, brandishing (no prizes for guessing) a ceiling fan. It was not immediately clear whether there was a ceiling fan in the room where the media conference was held
Sawant, however, would have a slightly tough time explaining why several farmers with no electricity in their homes commit suicide.
She also claimed that in one year (360 days), 1000 girls committed suicide in this manner. However, there is no confirmation from the National Crime Records Bureau on this statistic.
Here's a short trip into recent history — Rakhi Sawant had got as many as 15 votes in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, when she had contested after forming a party called the Rashtriya Aam Party. Let us take a moment to let that sink in.
"I request Modiji to remove this ceiling fan from every house," Sawant said. As of now, the Prime Minister has not made any statement on the issue.
"One can keep a table fan, or an AC," the controversial actor said.
It took a while after Sawant made her statement on ceiling fans before one journalist could gather his senses and ask a question on how the poor could be expected to do without a basic amenity like a ceiling fan. Not to be outdone, the actor said, "Jaan hai toh jahan hai"
Saying that Pratyusha's death was a murder and not a suicide, Sawant demanded that the government should award a compensation of Rs 5 crore to her family.
Not surprisingly, Rakhi Sawant soon became a trending topic on Twitter, with many taking a dig at the bizzare statements-
BREAKING: Rakhi Sawant Confirms Her Statement Against Fan Was Just Because SRK Didn't Offer Her A Role In Movie FAN. 😉
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 5, 2016
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) April 5, 2016
Rakhi Sawant insists ceiling fans should be removed from households.... I mean.... Isko koi leke jaao aur Mars pe chhod do ..
— Nishit (@i_EnVy) April 5, 2016
Rakhi Sawant is a true researcher.
You don't see her coming up with dumb stuff everyday.
She takes time and works hard to cook one up.
— Long Live INDIA!! (@BoscoUnchained) April 5, 2016