Savitri Thakur, a Union Minister, and BJP politician failed to accurately write ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ in Hindi on a whiteboard during a school event in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. The event was caught on camera, and the footage has gone viral on social media.

Union Minister and BJP leader Savitri Thakur failed to accurately write ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ in Hindi on a whiteboard during a visit to a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district, from whence she won the Lok Sabha election. The event was captured on camera, and a video showing her writing the wrong spelling has become popular on social media.

Instead of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, Thakur wrote ‘Beti Padao Bachav’.

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According to Savitri Thakur’s electoral papers, she completed Class 12.

The ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ organized the event on Tuesday (June 18) at a government school in Dhar. Thakur, the Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, was the main speaker at the event.

The event sparked a verbal battle between the Congress and the BJP. In response to the viral video, senior Congress politician KK Mishra termed it a “misfortune of democracy” that those holding constitutional positions cannot write even in their “mother tongue”.

“How can they be capable of running their ministry?” he said, according to news agency PTI.

The Congress leader also remarked that the Constitution should be modified to specify the minimum educational level for candidates in elections.

“On the one hand, the country’s populace are said to be literate, while there is a shortage of literacy among the responsible individuals. So, what’s the truth? KK Mishra, media advisor to MP Congress president Jitu Patwari, stated that this is a system issue rather than an individual issue.

Manoj Somani, BJP’s Dhar President, attacked the Congress, claiming that their outrage over the viral video stems from their “petty and anti-tribal thinking”.

“Savitri Ji’s feelings and sentiments are pure.” Congressmen are unable to keep their emotions pure. “The tribal community will not forgive an insult to a tribal woman,” Somai continued.

He said that Savitri Thakur’s error was caused by hurry and enthusiasm at the school event, and that Congress was reluctant to accept the “growing stature of an innocent, tribal woman”.

Umang Singhar, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s politician of Opposition and Congress politician, who is a tribal leader from Dhar, also criticized Savitri Thakur over the video.

“What type of leadership is this? Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi want solely rubber-stamp ministers in his government? “There is no set standard for how a public representative should be, but at least they should be literate,” he wrote on X.