Breaking his silence over Kamal Nath’s “item” comment, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday mentioned he personally doesn’t like the kind of language that the previous Madhya Pradesh chief minister used.
“Kamal Nath ji is from my party but personally, I don’t like the type of language that he used…I don’t appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate,” Rahul mentioned whereas interacting with mediapersons.
Nath was on Sunday addressing an election assembly within the Dabra (scheduled caste) meeting constituency in Gwalior district, which is headed for a bypoll, the place he made the comment whereas evaluating the virtues of Congress candidate Suresh Raje with these of the rival candidate from the BJP, Imarti Devi.
“Suresh Raje is a simple man. He is down to earth. He is not like the person. What is the name of the person?” As crowd responded to Nath’s query, citing Imarti Devi’s title, Kamal Nath known as her an “item”, saying, “Why should I name her? You know her better than I know. You should have warned me. Ye kya item hai…”
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take away Nath from all social gathering posts for his allegedly sexist remarks in opposition to state minister Imarti Devi. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) employees throughout Madhya Pradesh staged a two-hour protest of silence.
“I thought being a woman you would take notice of the news on insult to cabinet minister and scheduled caste woman leader Imarti Devi and take action against state Congress president Kamal Nath while condemning the indecent remark but you have not done it so far…She broke down while sharing her pain. Elections come and go but insult to a Dalit woman like this casts a slur on the entire political arena,” he wrote.
Reacting to Chouhan’s letter to the Congress president, Nath mentioned in a letter addressed to Chouhan on Monday, “In my 40 years of public life, I have always respected women and will continue to do so. I didn’t make any disrespectful remark during my speech in Dabra meeting but still you came out with lies. The word that you are indicating has several definitions, but you and your party are trying to mislead people by telling lies.”
Bypolls will probably be held on 28 meeting seats in Madhya Pradesh on November 3.
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