Congress leader Gurudas Kamat was Saturday asked by the National Commission for Women to explain within a week his alleged offensive remarks against HRD minister Smriti Irani that have invited criticism.
Speaking in Rajasthan on Thursday, Kamat had referred to Irani as a "poncha lagane waali (cleaning woman)" while questioning the minister's credentials to hold the charge of the education portfolio.
"We have sent a showcause notice to Gurudas Kamat over his remarks about Smriti Irani. We have asked him to reply in a week's time," said Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson of the National Commission for Women.
While campaigning for local body elections in the BJP-ruled state, Kamat had said, "I am from Mumbai and I have seen her doing cleaning job in a hotel there".
"Her family's financial condition was not good. Therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she cleaned tables in the hotel."
"There is a buzz everywhere that an uneducated sister has been elevated to the position of the education minister of this country," Kamat had said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at Kamat, for his controversial remarks against Smriti Irani.
While campaigning for the local body elections in Rajasthan, Kamat has questioned Smriti Irani's credentials as an education minister while making offensive comments about her.
He had reportedly said while referring to Irani that "Her family's financial condition was not good; therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she used to mop floors."
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Reacting strongly to the remarks of Kamat, BJP's Rajasthan chief Ashok Parnami had reportedly said "These sort of shallow statements against women show the Congress' desperation."
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BJP's national spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the remarks of Gurudas Kamat had pained him.