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Published On: Tue, Oct 20th, 2020

Kamal Nath’s “Item” Remark is unfortunate Says Rahul Gandhi

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rahul-gandhi-1-904546-1603191931WAYANAND/BHOPAL: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday condemned the ‘item’ remark, saying that he does not like the type of language used by Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath. “Kamal Nath ji is from my party but personally, I don’t like the type of langu I don’t appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate,” Gandhi said.
” Mr Gandhi told reporters today amid tumult over the issue. “I don’t appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate,” he told reporters while speaking for the first time from his new constituency Kerala’s Wayanand.
Congress’s Kamal Nath refused to apologise today for his “Item” remark targeting the BJP’s Imarti Devi even after the express disapproval of senior party leader Rahul Gandhi. “It is Rahul Gandhi’s opinion,” was his response when reporters asked about Mr Gandhi’s comment on the escalating row.
“I have already clarified the context in which I made that statement… Why should I apologise when I did not intend to insult anyone? If anyone felt insulted, I have already expressed regret,” Mr Nath told reporters.
Yesterday, Mr Nath had attempted to explain away the issue, saying “item” is a commonly used term everywhere, including parliament, and was not an insult of any sort. “I just didn’t remember the (person’s) name… this list (in his hand) says item no.1, item no.2. Is this an insult?” Kamal Nath told reporters regarding the woman who had been a minister in his 15-month government.

“I did not say anything disrespectful. I respect women. If anyone thinks this is disrespectful, then I regret it,” he added. Imarti Devi was also among the 22 MLAs who walked out of the party with Jyotiraditya Scindia, leading to the collapse of the Congress government in March.
Mr Nath had stepped into controversy on Sunday while campaigning for party candidate Suresh Raje, who is contesting from Dabra near Gwalior against Imarti Devi. “Why should I take the name (of the opposing candidate)? You all know that person better than me. What an item,” Mr Nath had said.
While the BJP and the woman candidate have demanded Mr Nath’s expulsion from the Congress, the comment has also come to the notice of the National Commission for Women, which has sought an explanation from the senior leader.
In her appeal to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Imarti Devi has questioned if she would have condoned the statement had it been made about her daughter.”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?” she had told news agency.( ANI Inputs with desk report).


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