The National Commission for Women on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Ajay Rai for his “misogynistic” and “derogatory” remarks against Union Minister Smriti Irani.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress leader on Monday said that Irani comes to his constituency Amethi only to show ‘latkas’ and ‘jhatkas’, an inappropriate reference to dance moves that drew a sharp response from the BJP.
“The National Commission for Women has come across various media regarding a controversial remark made by Congress leader Ajay Rai against Union Minister Smriti Irani,” the NCW said.
“The Commission has taken cognizance of the misogynistic remarks made by Mr. Rai. The statements are outrageous and highly derogatory and the Commission strongly condemns such statements.
“The commission has scheduled a hearing on the matter and issued a notice to Mr. Rai on 28/12/2022 at 12:00 noon,” the NCW said in a statement.
Asked whether Gandhi will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi, Rai told reporters, “It has been the seat of the Gandhi family. Rahul ji has been a Lok Sabha MP from there. So has Rajiv (Gandhi) ji and Sanjay. (Gandhi) ji, and they have served.”
“Most of the factories in Amethi are on the verge of closure. Half of the factories in Jagdishpur industrial area are closed. Only Smriti Irani comes, shows ‘latka-jhatka’ and leaves,” Rai, who is the regional leader. said the party.
Amethi is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Irani.
Responding to the statement, Irani said Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi needed a new screenwriter.
“You and Mummy ji need to get your misogynists (misogynists) a new speech writer,” said the Union Women and Child Development Minister.