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Rahul Gandhi criticises Kamal Nath for “item” remark


Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised party’s senior leader Kamal Nath for his “item” remark on Congress turncoat Imarti Devi, who is in the fray as a BJP candidate in the Assembly bye-elections.

Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the media, 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”.

What did Kamal Nath say?

Notably, Kamal Nath had on Sunday 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.

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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?”

Didn’t say anything disrespectful: Kamal Nath

After a severe backlash, Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath has expressed regret over his remarks and asserted that he did not say anything disrespectful. “I did not say anything disrespectful. I respect women. If anyone thinks this is disrespectful, then I regret it,” Kamal Nath had said on Monday night.


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