All India Congress Committee’s Rajasthan chief Gurudas Kamat has faced flak after once again targeting Union Minister Smriti Irani with controversial remarks.
While campaigning for the upcoming local body polls in Pali on Wednesday, the Congress party leader called Irani a ‘kaam waali bai’.
Kamat has now reportedly also been served a notice by the women’s panel for his latest comments against Irani.
All the local dailies in Rajasthan had carried Kamat’s comments that appeared to question the HRD Minister’s credentials.
The BJP, quite predictably, has reacted sharply to these comments.
”These sort of shallow statements against women show the Congress’ desperation. It shows that the Congress does not have any substantial issue to put before the people. It would have done them good to concentrate on people’s issues, instead of making such statements,” Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami said.
Kamat, however, has denied making the comments, saying he was merely questioning why an important portfolio was given to a non-graduate.
“HRD is a vast field involving highly technical and research oriented works. It deals with scholars and academicians; why should someone who is not even a graduate be its minister?” Kamat asked.
“She has publicly spoken about it in the past. But I never called her a “kaamwali bai” (maid) as reported by vernacular papers,” the Congress leader added.
Kamat though even appeared to be attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he said, “All I meant was, someone who has wiped tables or served tea can be accepted as the PM, but the HRD ministry is something very different; one has to be suitably qualified to head it.”
Going ahead with his explanation in relation to statements made against Irani, Kamat added, “Because of her poor understanding and attitude, people like Dr Anil Kakodkar have quit (IIT-B). Even her personal secretaries have resigned one after another.”
This, however, is not the first time Irani has been targeted by male politicians in snide remarks. The 39-year-old former television actress was once questioned over her television background on a TV show by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam. Sharad Yadav had also insulted Irani in Parliament during a debate on the skin colour of Indian women while saying,’I know what you are’.
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