The “latka-jhatka” jibe made by Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Ajay Rai against Union minister Smriti Irani has drawn harsh rebukes from a number of influential people, including Irani herself
New Delhi: Ajay Rai Congress leader has spurred a new controversy with his extremely sexist comment against Union minister Smriti Irani.
Ajay Rai was questioned about the Amethi elections and whether Rahul Gandhi would contest the elections. In response to that the congress leaders Ajay Rai reciprocated saying, Amethi is the Gandhi family’s seat, and most of the factories have been planted by the Congress leaders which now are lying shut down.
Additionally, he said, “Smriti Irani keval aati hai aur latke-jhatke dekar chali jaati hai.” This derogatory comment, has been rebuked by many people including Smriti Irani herself.
To this misogynist comment by Congress leader Rai, Irani tweeted.
सुना है @RahulGandhi जी आपने अपने किसी प्रांतीय नेता से अभद्र तरीके से 2024 में अमेठी से लड़ने की घोषणा करवाई है।
तो क्या आपका अमेठी से लड़ना पक्का समझूँ? दूसरी सीट पर तो नहीं भागेंगे? डरेंगे तो नहीं???
PS: You & Mummy ji need to get your mysoginistic goons a new speechwriter.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) December 19, 2022
The statement did not go down well among the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, who launched a scathing attack on Rai and the Congress party.
This is how BJP Leaders reacted:
BJP Spokesperson Anila Singh said; “I am not at all surprised as this is the character of Congress party. We have seen in the past that they do not have any respect for women and this is the reason prominent female faces have left the party. A political party is headed by a woman (Sonia Gandhi) and a daughter of that powerful woman (Priyanka Gandhi) who carries out campaigns like ‘Ladki hoon Lad Sakti Hoon’. Is this the way Congress is going to ridicule the position and character of a woman?”
Former Union cabinet minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that while “boys” are fighting for development, Smriti Irani is clearing the dust of feudal politics.
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak said that such statements are not democratic. “Smriti Irani has been elected by the people; she is a great leader of the country. It is not right to talk about her like this,” he added.
Condemning the statement, Union minister Ramdas Athawale said that Irani has “definitely been in films earlier but now she is a big leader”. “She is respected everywhere. It is wrong to talk like this,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi loyalist Ajay Rai makes shocking “latke jhatke” comment on Smriti Irani ji
This is not a Sanyog – it is a prayog sponsored by first family to take political revenge bcoz Smriti ji defeated the dynast – Congress even insulted 1st Woman Adivasi President pic.twitter.com/72KH1WM9iM
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) December 19, 2022
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