Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Monday took a dig at filmmaker Karan Johar for taking surrogacy route to become a single father of twins.
The legislator from Shivajinagar-Mankhurd in Mumbai said the 44-year-old producer-director should have got married instead of opting for surrogacy to become a parent.
"Is he not finding a girl to get married? Is he ill... ? he should clarify. He could have adopted a poor child. This is a joke on poor people," he told reporters outside the Vidhan Bhavan where the Budget session began today.
Meanwhile, the filmmaker found support from Women and Child Welfare Minister of Maharashtra Pankaja Munde, who said Johar had every right to be a parent.
"He has done no wrong," she said.
Johar has become a father of twins - a boy and a girl - who were born through surrogacy and the filmmaker said he is "enormously blessed" to be a parent.
He has named his daughter Roohi and son Yash.
"I am ecstatic to share with you all the two most wonderful additions to my life, my children and lifelines; Roohi and Yash.
"I feel enormously blessed to be a parent to these pieces of my heart who were welcomed into this world with the help of the marvels of medical science," Johar said in a statement yesterday.