“Bindi” remark on Smriti Irani triggers row

“Bindi” remark on Smriti Irani triggers row

Agency News

An extremely offensive remark by a leader from a Maharashtra-based party on Union Minister Smriti Irani’s ‘bindi’ has kicked up a new row. The sexist comment was made by Jaydeep Kawade, a leader from the People's Republican Party(PRP). He said: "Smith Irani wears a huge bindi. So we asked why she wears such a huge bindi.... This minister, (Narendra) Modi's minister, (Nitin) Gadkari's minister said in the Lok Sabha that she will change Babasaheb Ambedkar's constitution and Nana Patole opposed it...," Mr Kawade said in Marathi at an election rally in Nagpur's Bagadganj. After this he made some extremely sexist comments.

Smriti Irani is the BJP candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi and is challenging Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. As Mr Kawade's remarks were widely shared on social media, workers of the BJP's youth wing, on Tuesday, filed a complaint against him and a few Congress leaders with the Returning Officer of the Nagpur parliamentary constituency.

According to the complaint, Mr Kawade's statements were insulting to women and violated the model code of conduct for the national election.