Congress shared the video with a text which reads, “Misogyny runs deep within the BJP and PM Modi’s statements are a classic example of this deplorable mindset.”
The political war between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress escalated on Monday after the opposition party at the center accused the saffron party and other right-wing leaders of harbouring “misogynistic” attitude.
Over a post through its official Twitter handle the Congress on Monday shared a video on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks taunting MP Renuka Chowdhury’s laughter. Speaking at the Rajya Sabha last week PM Modi took a dig at the Congress MP stating that her laughter reminds him of television serial ‘Ramayana’.
Hitting back at the Prime Minister, the Congress shared a video in the microblogging website with the hashtag #MisogynisticModi and a text which reads, “Misogyny runs deep within the BJP and PM Modi’s statements are a classic example of this deplorable mindset.”
Other than the Prime Minister’s Rajya Sabha jibe at Chowdhury, the video also included clippings in which Modi is seen taunting Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar as “50-crore girlfriend” and a reported statement against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The video which also carried “misogynistic” statements of other right-wing leaders – including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Mahesh Sharma and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat – asked, “How can women of India hope for equality under the leadership of misogynists.”
However, dubbing the post as a “flippant message” produced by a “B-grade video production house”, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, “Ever since Rahul Gandhi has taken over as the Congress president, the party has given up on serious political commentary on important issues and is functioning as a B-grade video production house with a flippant message. The party is now operating at the level of Rahul Gandhi’s IQ.”
Days back, reacting at PM Modi’s jibe at the RS, Renuka Chowdhury said, “I am a five-time MP and the prime minister draws a parallel of me with a negative character. But he forgets that the women today have changed and they know how to speak for themselves. This shows his mindset towards women.”
“If you are right, it resonates all over. That’s what is happening now…There is no rule on how and when. You laugh…and there is no GST on laughter. I don’t require permission to laugh after being a five-time MP. I have shattered the myth of being stereotyped,” she added.