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Updated on: Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 11:43 PM IST

Watch Video: BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar lashes out over Maharashtra govt's move to appoint varsity members from LGBTQ community

Sudhir Mungantiwar |

Sudhir Mungantiwar |

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Mumbai: BJP legislator Sudhir Mungantiwar stoked a controversy by questioning the Maharashtra government’s move to appoint representatives of the LGBTQ community as members of universities.

“Are you going to hire lesbians and gays as members? Shouldn’t a joint medical committee be set up on this? It mentions bisexual and asexual relations. However, no one has yet defined these,” he said. “Even someone who has sex with an animal can become a member, as per the government’s proposal. Will the animal certify to their sexual relationship?” he asked.

Not stopping there, he asked if the government would consider those who have sex with animals as ‘asexual’ and appoint them too, to universities.

“Will you appoint homosexuals as members? Will someone write that I am gay, that I am attracted to homosexuality? Who will prove this, the secretary, the minister, minister of state? Are you going to prove it? Then there is another ‘asexual’ relationship that no one has yet defined,” he suggested.

Mungantiwar strongly opposed the government’s proposal saying that the bill included things that could never be proven.

However, Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant strongly defended the state government’s move, saying that the Supreme Court had said everyone should have equal opportunity. “This is not the first time such a law has been enacted in Maharashtra. Many states have enacted the law. Every element should have equal opportunity. Rather than exaggerating something, LGBTQ should be given greater opportunities. The bill has been introduced only after discussions with scholars from all over India,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, the state Congress general secretary, Sachin Sawant, criticised Mungantiwar and claimed that “RSS-minded people, who want to take India to the darkness of regressive thoughts, won’t understand that there is no connection between intelligence and sexuality. Many scientists, thinkers and painters who brought about the most positive and progressive changes in the world belonged to LGBTQ”.

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Published on: Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 11:43 PM IST
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