Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, slammed Kamal Nath for his objectionable remarks on a female BJP leader. Smriti Irani has also hit out at Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for their silence on former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s remarks on the female BJP leader.
Kamal Nath reportedly used the word “item” for a former woman colleague who had switched over to the BJP. This came between the campaigning for by-polls scheduled for 3rd November in 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly seats. A video of this incident has been doing the rounds on the incident.
Kamal Nath was addressing a poll meeting in Dabra, where the Congress is up against Imarti Devi of the BJP. Kamal Nath said that he was a “simple person” unlike his opposing candidate who was an “item.”
See the video here:
#WATCH: Our candidate is not like her... what's her name? (people shout Imarti Devi, who is former State Minister) You know her better and should have warned me earlier... ye kya item hai: Former Madhya Pradesh CM & Congress leader Kamal Nath pic.twitter.com/eW76f2z8gU
— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2020
While speaking to India Today, Smriti Irani's said that he was following the footsteps of Digvijay Singh by calling a female politician colleague an “item.” She also hit out at Rahul and Soni Gandhi for their unexplainable silence on this issue.
Smriti Irani said, “Still, Congress leadership is silent. This is shameful. This tells us the values that Congress has. The whole country is shocked at the derogatory words used by the Congress leaders. Earlier too, Digvijay Singh had called their own party’s female politician a “tonch mall” and even then, the Congress president stayed mum.”
She furthermore added that to condemn this kind of a remark, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan is on a silent protest.
Regarding the issue, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma said on Monday that they will be taking cognizance of the matter and will be sending a notice to the former CM of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath.
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) October 19, 2020
Rekha Sharma also said that she will be writing to the Election Commission over the matter.