Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back to Union Minister Smriti Irani, who called him out for ‘misogyny’ in a tweet in which he urged women to come out in large numbers for the Assembly election and discuss with men who they should vote for.
“Definitely go and vote. A special appeal to all women, just as you take up the responsibility of the home, the responsibility of the nation and Delhi is with you. All of you women must go to vote and take the men in your families along with you. Discuss with men who it is who it right to vote for,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi early on Saturday morning.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 8, 2020
The ‘discuss with men’ statement did not go well with Minister of Women and Child Development, and she responded saying, “Do you not consider women capable enough to decide for themselves who to vote for?”
Responding to Irani, Kejriwal tweeted, “Smriti ji, women of Delhi have decided who to vote for. And across Delhi, women have decided who their family will vote for. After all, they have to run the house.”
स्मृति जी, दिल्ली की महिलाओं ने किसे वोट देना है ये तय कर लिया है। और पूरी दिल्ली में इस बार अपने परिवार का वोट महिलाओं ने ही तय किया है। आखिर घर तो उन्हें ही चलाना होता है https://t.co/Psszwmmd3a
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 8, 2020
AAP chief later clarified his first tweet to NDTV, saying that he meant women should tell men who to vote for. “Women know how difficult it is to run a house. If electricity rates and prices go up, who will it hurt? That’s why I said they should tell the men who to vote for,” Kejriwal said.
The single-phase polling for 70-member Delhi Assembly 2020 began at 8 am. The results of the same would be declared on February 11.
Incumbent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is vying for another term in a triangular contest between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party.
In the last assembly elections held in 2015, AAP had won 67 seats while the BJP could manage only three seats. However, Congress failed to open its account.