Kamal Nath calls former woman colleague who switched over to BJP ‘an item’, creates furore

A video of senior Congress leader Kamal Nath using the word “item” reportedly for a former woman colleague who switched over to the BJP has created a furore amid campaigning for bypolls scheduled for November 3 in 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly seats.

Why should I take the name (of the opposing candidate)? You all know that person better than me. What an item,” Nath said amid cheers from the crowd which kept shouting “Imarti Devi” as the remarks were being made.

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Hitting back, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter to say “Imarti Devi is the daughter of a poor farmer” who rose to become a public servant after starting off as a village labourer.

By referring to a woman as “item”, the Congress and its and leadership have revealed its “feudal mindset”, Chouhan tweeted further.

Later, a BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Bhopal and complained against Nath for “insulting women and Dalits”.

Devi and 21 other MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia had resigned from the Congress and the state Assembly and joined the BJP in March, in the process bringing down the Nath government.

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