Union Minister MJ Akbar, accused by women journalists of inappropriate behaviour in a spiraling #MeToo movement, returned to New Delhi from his foreign tour on Sunday. When confronted by Republic TV, the MoS MEA MJ Akbar maintained a stoic silence on whether he would step down from his position, in the face of escalating demands for his resignation.
Even as 13 allegations have been made against the Minister, he gave out a one-line statement upon his arrival at New Delhi airport. The minister was captured dodging the media contingent and was seen in a hurry to move out of the Airport.
In an attempt to avoid the uncomfortable questions thrown at him, the minister said: "There will be a statement later on".
Even as the clamour for the ouster of Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar is growing, the ruling party has taken no clear stand on the allegations of sexual harassment against him. The party is likely to take a stand after the minister in question explains his position.
MJ Akbar has been called out by as many as 10 women. These ladies took to social media and other forms of media to let the country know about the harassment they had faced by the present Minister of State for External Affairs when he was working as a journalist.
Following all the allegations against the Mos for External Affairs, sources have told Republic TV that MJ Akbar's position may well be under scrutiny and that the government may act against him.
Earlier, the Chief of Madhya Pradesh BJP women wing Lata Kelkar said that she doesn’t ‘consider female journalists to be so innocent that anyone can misuse them’. This shocking statement came after the opposition mounted the pressure on Akbar's resignation.
In a shocking defence, she said: “Journalists are hurling allegations on him and I don’t consider journalist sisters as so innocent so that anyone can misuse them,”said Kelkar while a special emphasis on the word ‘innocent’.