Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath has mocked ex-Cabinet minister Imarti Devi, referring to her as an ‘item’, stirring controversy forward of state by-polls. Nath made the assertion on Imarti Devi whereas campaigning for the Congress candidate towards her in Dabra. Addressing a rally in Dabra, Kamal Nath might be heard saying, “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.”
#WATCH: Our candidate is just not like her… what’s her title? (folks shout Imarti Devi, who’s former State Minister) You know her higher and will have warned me earlier… ye kya merchandise hai: Former Madhya Pradesh CM & Congress chief Kamal Nath pic.twitter.com/eW76f2z8gU
— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2020
The apparently sexist comment of the Congress veteran got here a few days after Devi accused him of bribing the MLAs when he was the Chief Minister. The former state minister, who switched ranks to the BJP after Jyotiraditya Scindia’s rise up, had informed reporters on Thursday that Nath used to pay “Rs 5 lakh” to Congress MLAs who couldn’t be granted ministerial posts.
Imarti Devi filed her nomination from Dabra on Thursday for the upcoming by-election to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The State meeting’s 28 seats will go to by-polls on November three and relying on November 10.
BJP hits back Nath’s sexist remark, to look at ‘silent protest’
Reacting to the controversy, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan condemned Kamal Nath’s ‘feudal’ mindset, stating that Imarti Devi was the title of a poor farmer’s daughter, who had risen up on her personal. Recalling Congress’ ‘bhookha-nanga’ jibe for Chouhan, the CM stated it was evident how ‘feudal’ Congress was.
इमरती देवी उस गरीब किसान की बेटी का नाम है जिसने गाँव में मजदूरी करने से शुरुआत की और आज जनसेवक के रूप में राष्ट्रनिर्माण में सहयोग दे रही हैं।
कांग्रेस ने मुझे ‘भूखा-नंगा’ कहा और एक महिला के लिए आपने ‘आइटम’ जैसे शब्द का उपयोग कर अपनी सामंतवादी सोच फिर उजागर कर दी।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) October 18, 2020
Chouhan stated that he’ll observe ‘silent protest’ on October 19 for 2 hours from 10 am to 12 midday, towards Nath’s remarks. “He should be ashamed of his statement,” he stated.
Similarly, BJP MP chief VD Sharma bristled saying, ” Kamal Nath, you have insulted the women of Madhya Pradesh and not just Imarti Devi. Katrina Kaif will be the item for you, Imarti Devi is our sister.”