Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday advised tourists not to wear skirts and refrain from going out alone at night in small towns. Responding to questions from the media about the safety of tourists in Agra during a press conference, Sharma said here, “…Paryatako ko, jab wo airport par aate hain, unko ek welcome kit di jaa rahi hai. Ek card hai usme, usme do’s and don’ts, kya karein aur kya na karein. Jaise chhoti chhoti batein hain, humne unhe bataya ke aap chhoti jagah par raat-waat ke time akele na niklein, skirts na pahnein… Doosra humne unhe bataya ki aap jis gaadi mein baithe, us gaadi ki number plate ka photo le lein aur apne… kisi dost ko forward kar dein… (We give welcome kits to tourists when they land at the airport. The kit includes a card with do’s and don’ts such as, do not venture out alone at night in small towns, do not wear skirts; take a picture of the registration number of the vehicle you use and send it to a friend…)”
Sharma, who visited Vatsalyagram in Vrindavan, also said the Samajwadi Party would eventually split into two groups, one led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the other by his uncle Shivpal Yadav. “Such a split between the ‘chacha-bhateeja’ would be good for the BJP,” he said, adding that Akhilesh was only “tolerating” Shivpal because of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Attacking BSP chief Mayawati, Sharma said she is an epitome of corruption and would eventually go to jail. Only the BJP can provide a clean government, he added.