Breaking silence on the #metoo allegations against Union Minister MJ Akbar, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday has said that the sexual harassment allegations against union minister MJ Akbar will be probed. But at the same time, Amit Shah added that the allegations need to be proved for taking any actions against MJ Akbar.
It is said that the Amit Shah’s response was based on taking into consideration of the growing feeling in BJP that the #metoo allegations could undermine the party’s “pro-women empowerment” image ahead of elections to five states.
Amit Shah's comments are the first by the BJP leadership on the #MeToo storm that has engulfed Akbar. “We will definitely look into the issue. We have to see whether these allegations are true or false. We have to check the veracity of the post and the person who posted it,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Several women ministers, including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, have refused to comment on the allegations and have said it was for Akbar to give a clarification. But two ministers of BJP, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had responded against MJ Akbar, saying the women speaking out in the #MeToo movement shouldn't be mocked or shamed.