These days a video on Congress MLA Divya Maderna from Osian is going viral. The video triggered a row in which she is seen asking a woman sarpanch to vacate a seat beside her and sit on the floor with local people.
The incident took place on March 16, when the first-time legislator had gone for a “Dhanyawaad Sabha [Thank you meeting]” in Khetasar village in Osian near Jodhpur.
In the video, the sarpanch of Khetasar – identified as Chandu Devi – is seen sitting next to Maderna, who immediately asks her to sit on the floor. Devi then leaves the chair and goes back to the floor.
In a video statement, Chandu Devi said she was left stressed by the incident. The Congress MLA, however, alleged that the sarpanch was only a Bharatiya Janata Party worker.
After the incident, Chandu Devi’s husband Rooparam said, ‘Chandu Devi initially sat on the floor but then people said she should sit next to the MLA since she is a sarpanch. So she then went to sit with the MLA but the MLA gestured her to go, so she left her chair and sat among the people for the rest of the sabha.’ Further, Rooparam said, ‘Chandu Devi did not protest as she is a simple lady and did not want to disrespect the MLA, who had come to the village for the first time.”
Divya Maderna, not a first timer here
At least two other videos of Divya Maderna have gone viral in recent months. In a video shot in Jodhpur, she is seen pulling up a police officer and telling him that he needed to get out of his lethargic ways since a new government and MLA are in power.
In another video, she is seen pulling up the sub-divisional magistrate of Jodhpur for not prioritizing a work she wanted to be done.
She is the daughter of jailed Congress leader Mahipal Maderna, who is in jail in the Bhanwri Devi murder case.
Divya Maderna defeated incumbent BJP MLA Bhera Ram Chaudhary in the Assembly elections in December.