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BJP Leaders React To Ajay Rai’s ‘Latka-Jhatka’ Jibe At Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani, Ajay Rai

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.

The statement did not go down well among the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, who launched a scathing attack on Rai and the Congress party.

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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.


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