BJP women MLAs in MP demanded apology

Bhopal: Women MLAs of the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday demanded an apology from the Congress for party's state president Kantilal Bhuria's "objectionable" remark against two women ministers.

Terming Bhuria's remark against School Education Minister Archana Chitnis and Women and Child Development Minister Ranjana Baghel as "highly objectionable", the issue was raised during the zero hour by BJP's Neeta Pateria.

However, the Congress members, including Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Choudhry Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi and others objected to it, after which, chaos prevailed for a while, forcing the Speaker Ishwar Das Rohani to adjourn the House for about ten minutes.

Later, Pateria, Chitnis, Baghel and Rekha Yadav raised slogans against Congress. Terming the remark as an insult to women, they demanded an apology from Bhuria and the CLP.

"Instead of condemning the remark, the Congress is shamelessly defending its state president," Chitnis said.

The BJP women MLA now plan to apprise President Pratibha Patil, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj about the issue.

The BJP would also table a resolution condemning Bhuria, she said.

During a function in Alirajpur district in the state, Bhuria had allegedly described the two women ministers as "nachania" (dancers).