New Delhi,Oct 10: Continuing its attack on Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar over the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him, the Congress on Wednesday said that the Minister should either come out with a clarification on the charges against him or resign from his post.
The party also demanded an enquiry into the allegations against the Minister. Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Jaipal Reddy said, ’’Union Minister MJ Akbar should either give a satisfactory answer to the allegations against him or he should resign. How can he be in this ministry with such serious allegations leveled against him by responsible journalists. We demand an inquiry into the matter.’’
The party also questioned the silence of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the issue. ‘’It is unfortunate that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who many women in this country look up to and who is a source of inspiration form many women has chosen to remain silent on this serious allegation,’’ AICC spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said.
She said that the silence of the Government and the ruling party on the issue reflected the anti-women stance of the BJP.
‘’It is very very clear that person who has been accused should come forward and explain these allegations. These allegations are coming from extremely successful women who have established a niche for themselves in the face of journalism.
At the same time it also raises and points a finger at the government of the day which speak of women empowerment and women safety but maintains studious silence on the facts that are emerging. I believe BJP spokespersons have been asked not to comment on it. It is unfortunate that a Government whose Prime Minister talks of women empowerment from the Red Fort refuses to speak up for its women,’’ she said.
She also condemned the remarks made by BJP MP Udit Raj that the ‘MeToo movement’ in India is the beginning of a "wrong practice" and that women "habitually" take two-four lakhs to fling allegations at men.
In a series of comments on Tuesday, the BJP MP said on Tuesday, in support of actor Nana Patekar who has been accused of sexually harassing a co-star 10 years ago, that the ‘MeToo movement’ in India is the beginning of a "wrong practice" and women "habitually" take two-four lakhs to fling allegations at men.
"The #MeToo campaign is necessary but what is the meaning of accusing someone of sexual harassment after 10 years? After years how can it be possible to verify the facts of the events? It must be considered that it can ruin the image of the person who has been accused. It is the beginning of a wrong practice," the BJP lawmaker tweeted .
Reacting to Udit Raj’s coments, Mrs Chaturvedi said, ’’it is a shameless comment coming from an elected representative of the BJP. Considering that the BJP has not taken cognizance, we believe they endorse this anti women mindset of Utit Raj.’’(UNI)