Former MP CM Kamal Nath calls Imarti Devi ‘item’; BJP hits back ‘feudal’ mindset


Former MP CM Kamal Nath calls BJP leader Imarti Devi 'item'; BJP hits back
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Former MP CM Kamal Nath calls BJP chief Imarti Devi ‘merchandise’; BJP hits back 

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.”

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.

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.”

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