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EC asks Kamal Nath to explain his “item” remark in 48 hours

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It seems the controversy over former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s “item” remark is refusing to die down. Now, the Election Commission (EC) has asked Kamal Nath to explain his “item” remark with 48 hours.

Notably, Kamal Nath made the remark during campaigning against Congress turncoat Imarti Devi, who is contesting the bye-elections in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket.

Interestingly, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi had criticised Kamal Nath on Tuesday for his remark against a woman. However, Nath had refused to apologise saying it was Rahul Gandhi’s opinion. In fact, Kamal Nath tried to justify his remark saying he had not said anything “disrespectful”, which has further aggravated the problem for him.

What did Rahul Gandhi say?

Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the media on Tuesday, said: “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”.

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The controversy

Notably, Kamal Nath had on October 18 targeted Imarti Devi saying the Congress candidate Suresh Raje was a “simple person” unlike his opponent who is an “item”. Nath was campaigning in Dabra.

“Why should I take the name (of the opposition candidate)? You all know that person better than me. What an item,” Kamal Nath had said, as the crowd responded with cheers and chanted her name.

The former Madhya Pradesh CM’s comment resulted in a major controversy, with both BJP and Imarti Devi appealing to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking Kamal Nath’s expulsion.

On Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a silent protest and wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi about the issue, demanding action.

Meanwhile, Imarti Devi told a news agency on Monday that: “I want to appeal to Sonia Gandhi, who is also a mother, not to keep such people in her party. Will she tolerate it if anybody said something like this about her daughter?  If such words are used for women, how can any woman move forward?”

 

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