Taking action against Madhya Pradesh ex-CM Kamal Nath on Sunday, BJP has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Nath for his 'item' remark against the state's Minister of Women and Child Development Imarti Devi. BJP has demanded that Kamal Nath's election programs must be banned and have decided to complain to the Women's Commission and Scheduled Caste Commission regarding the remark. CM Shivraj Chouhan has announced that he will hold a 2-hour silent protest at Bhopal on Monday, while several BJP workers burnt effigies of Kamal Nath
Slamming Nath and Congress' mentality, CM Shivraj Chouhan said, "Kamal Nath, today you again showed the distorted and disgusting mentality of the Congress through your petty statement. You have insulted not only Imarti Devi, but every daughter and sister of the Gwalior-Chambal region. This is that India, where the insult of Draupadi led to the destruction of the entire Kaurav dynasty. Imarti Devi was the name of a poor farmer's daughter, who had risen up on her own. Kamal Nath, who gave you the right to insult the honor of any woman?"
आज कमलनाथ जी, आज आपने अपने ओछे बयान के द्वारा कांग्रेस की विकृत और घृणित मानसिकता का फिर परिचय दिया।— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) October 18, 2020
आपने श्रीमती इमारती देवी ही नहीं, ग्वालियर-चंबल क्षेत्र की एक-एक बेटी और बहन का अपमान किया है!
कमलनाथ जी, आपको किसी भी महिला के सम्मान के साथ खिलवाड़ करने का अधिकार किसने दिया? pic.twitter.com/1m91IkSHYm
Defending his loyalist -Imarti Devi - who had quit Congress after him, BJP MP Jyotiraditya Scindia lashed out at Kamal Nath, saying, "What language is being used today against Imarti Devi? She is a minister and was a minister in the previous cabinet. A Dalit woman, who became a Sarpanch, then a district chief, an MLA and is a grounded politician. Kamal Nath calls her an 'item', Ajay Singh calls her 'Jalebi'. Close the door on such people - who insult women on November 3."
एक गरीब और मजदूर परिवार से आगे आईं दलित नेता इमरती देवी जी को आज डबरा में आइटम और जलेबी कहना अत्यंत निंदनीय और आपत्तिजनक है - ये कमलनाथ जी की मानसिकता को भी दर्शाता है। महिलाओं के साथ ही समूचे दलित समाज का अपमान करने वाले ऐसे मगरूर नेता को सबक सिखाने का समय आ गया है I pic.twitter.com/ipz2jCYkOV— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) October 18, 2020
Earlier in the day, ex-CM Kamal Nath referred to Scindia loyalist and minister Imarti Devi as an 'item', while addressing a rally in Dabra. Backing the Congress candidate - Suresh Raje, he contrasted Raje's 'simple' nature to Imarti Devi's 'flipping' to BJP. He jokingly told the people, 'you should have warned me of her nature'. Meanwhile, Congress leader Ajay Singh stirred another controversy, calling Imarti Devi as 'Jalebi Devi' - referring to the famous sweetmeat.
"Our candidate Suresh Raje is simple. He is not like that (Imarti Devi). You know her better, you should have warned me. What an item (example) she was. So vote for Suresh Raje to keep Chambal & Gwalior futures secure," he said. Raje faces Imarti Devi for the constituency seat in Dabra. The State assembly's 28 seats will go to by-polls on November 3 and counting on November 10.