'Can replace Arnab': Jyotiradtiya Scindia 'shaking and hugging' a crying Imarti Devi leaves Twitterati in splits

BJP leader Imarti Devi, the target of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's recent misogynistic 'item' jibe on Tuesday got emotional and broke down in front of party leader Jyotiradtiya Scindia, at a public rally in Chhimak village of Gwalior.

Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath had referred to her as "item", at a public event on October 18.

At the rally, Scindia said "This Imarti has given 25 years for you. This Imjarti has given all her life to you. Those who have come to insult Imarti need to be given an answer by you all." He also hugged Imarti Devi who had broken down into tears.

Later, Scindia sharing a video of the rally, tweeted: "Today I appealed for the victory of Imarti Devi in Dabra assembly constituency in a 'Jan Sabha'. Dabra's by polls is not just a by poll, it is an election for the honour of our daughter and for her self-respect."

However, Scindia was brutally trolled on Twitter for his ‘overacting’.

One user wrote, "I think Shah Rukh Khan just lost his hamming crown."

"Ye @JM_Scindia to bahut Bada ITEM hai..Iski acting me comedy koot koot k bhari hai..." added another.

Another commented, "@JM_Scindia could seamlessly take the place of #Arnab of @republic in the event of Arnab getting arrested by Mumbai Police."

Here are some more reactions on the microblogging site.

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath referred to Imarti Devi as an "item" at an election meeting in the Dabra (scheduled caste) assembly constituency in Gwalior district, sparking a controversy.

"Suresh Raje ji hamare ummeedvar hai...yeh uske jaise nah hai...kya hai uska naam ... main kya uska naam lun? ...apko toh mujhe pehle savdhan karna chahiye tha ... yeh kya item hai... (Our candidate is not like her... what's her name? You know her better and should have warned me earlier... What an item!), Kamal Nath said in Hindi while the crowd called out Imarti Devi's name.

The former CM was addressing a campaign rally in Dabra for Congress candidate Suresh Raje. Imarti Devi is also contesting on the BJP ticket from Dabra.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today wrote Kamal Nath urging him for an "honest" apology for his misogynistic jibe.

Even after former Congress President Rahul Gandhi condemned his remarks, Kamal Nath refused to apologise stating that he has already clarified the context in which he made that statement.

"It is Rahul Gandhi's opinion. I have already clarified the context in which I made that statement... Why should I apologise when I did not intend to insult anyone? If anyone felt insulted, I have already expressed regret," said Nath.

Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi while addressing a press briefing in Wayanad condemned Nath's remarks saying that he did not like the kind of language the former Chief Minister used.

"Kamal Nath Ji is from my party but personally, I don't like the type of language that he used...I don't appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate," said Gandhi.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani targeted Congress saying that Kamal Nath's remarks on BJP leader Imarti Devi not only shows the "mindset of the main opposition party but also shows how the party thinks about the women of this country".

"Not only Kamal Nath's comment but also the way a female Congress worker was recently beaten up in public. Kamal Nath's remarks on Imarti Devi not only shows the Congress' mindset but also shows how they think about the women of this country. These things show how their party treats women workers. One after the other, these incidents expose the ugly truth of Congress," Irani told the media.

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