Former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath | PC: File image Credit: Creative Commons

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday wrote to Madhya Pradesh’s Opposition leader and former CM Kamal Nath, seeking an explanation for using the term “item” against BJP leader Imarti Devi.

The Commission said that it “strongly condemns this irresponsible and disparaging statement made by the leader.”

It pointed out that the words used in the video from a political rally in Dabra are “highly defamatory and shows disrespect towards the dignity of a woman.”

Ahead of by-poll elections in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress leader stoked a controversy by calling BJP candidate Imarti Devi as an “item”.

Further, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma has also written to Chief Election Commissioner for taking necessary action in the matter.

Twenty-eight seats in Madhya Pradesh will go for by-elections on November 3, and the votes will be counted on November 10.

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