Controversy over kissing competition organised by JMM legislator

Ranchi, Dec 11 : Controversy has erupted after senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and legislator Simon Marandi organised kissing competition of tribal people.

Simon Marandi on Saturday night organised kissing competition of tribal couples at Talpahari village situated under his assembly constituency Littipara. The kissing competition was reported Monday in local newspapers.

Three tribal couples  were awarded after the competition. Speaking to reporters Simon Marandi said “ the kissing competition was organised to promote love and modernisation. Tribal people are hesitant. The hesitation of tribal couple will end  by kissing openly in the  competition”.

The program was attended by hundreds of people. Another JMM legislator and senior leader of the party Stephen Marandi was also present during the competition.

The ruling BJP has sharply reacted to the event.

“ What JMM is trying to prove by organising such competition. There are many ways  which could be done to end the hesitation of the tribal people. Stephen Marandi has tried to make mockery of the tribal culture and tradition” said Ramesh Pushkar a senior BJP leader to IANS.

He said “ One JMM legislator has asked open bar in the assembly and another legislator is organising kissing competition”.

JMM legislator Kunal Sarangi last week advocated to open bar in the assembly campus.


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