In what appears to be a controversial remark, union minister of state for human resource development Satyapal Singh on Sunday said, "No boy will be ready to marry a girl who comes to the mandap (wedding stage) in jeans.”
The minister, sharing a stage with UP CM Yogi Adityanath at a function in Gorakhpur added, "Similarly, no saint will be revered if he gives up his traditional attire and wears jeans.”
”Koi aadmi agar kehne lage ki main jeans pehenke kisi mandir ka mahant ban jaaunga to log pasand karenge kya? Koi pasand nahi karega. Ya koi ladki jeans pehenkar ke shaadi ke bedi pe jaayegi to kitne ladke usse shaadi karna chahenge?”
He was making those remarks in context of the appropriateness of attire in Indian culture and was addressing a group of students at the concluding ceremony of the foundation fay of the Maharana Pratap Siksha Parishad (MPSP), the academic arm of Gorakhnath Temple.
The minister hailed the MPSP for preserving the values associated with Hindu culture and rendering services in the field of education and health. The Gorakhnath temple also runs hospitals, blood banks and Ayurvedic treatment centres.
Satyapal Singh released two books with Adityanath on the occasion. These were: ‘Bhartiya Sanskriti’ and ‘Gorakshpeeth : Yoga Evam Sant Parampara’. Both volumes have articles of the chief minister.
Singh said it was the good fortune of Uttar Pradesh that Yogi Adityanath was given its reins.
Satyapal Singh is the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Singh is a former Mumbai Police commissioner who quit his job to join politics. Earlier this year, he was made a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet.