A video by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath appears to a former female colleague using the word “item”, who has left the BJP, amidst the campaigning for next month’s Assembly by-elections.
Addressing a campaign meeting in Dabra, where the Congress is against Imarti Devi of the BJP, Mr. Nath said that his party’s candidate was an “ordinary person” unlike his opponent who is an “item”.
“Why should I take the name (about the opposing candidate)? You all know that person is better than me. What an item,” Mr. Nath said amidst cheers from the crowd who were shouting “Imrati Devi” because the comment Was being done
Stepping back, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said on Twitter, “Imrati Devi is the daughter of a poor farmer”, who became a public servant after starting out as a village laborer.
By referring to a woman as an “item”, the Congress and its leadership and leadership have revealed their “feudal mentality”, Mr Chauhan tweeted. The news agency ANI reported that the Chief Minister would sit silent on Monday from 10 am to 12 noon.
Imarti Devi also commented on Comment Nath. “What is my fault if I was born in a poor family? What is my fault if I belong to Dalits? I want to appeal to Sonia Gandhi, who is also a mother, not to keep such people in her party.” . How will any woman move forward if it will be used for women? ”She told ANI.
A BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Bhopal and complained against Mr. Nath for “insulting women and Dalits”.
Loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ms. Devi and 21 other MLAs resigned from the Congress and the state assembly, toppling the Kamal Nath government and joined the BJP in March.
The by-elections for the 28 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 3 and the results will be declared on November 10.
(With inputs from PTI)