New Delhi: Mocking at Vinay Katiyar for his sexist remarks against her, Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday said Katiyar exposes the BJP’s mindset towards the better half of the population of India.
The BJP’s firebrand leader said, “It doesn’t matter… there are girls and women who are more beautiful than her (Priyanka) and are also star campaigners.
“Some of them are artists and heroines… they are more beautiful than her,” he said.
“We have Smriti Irani who is more beautiful than Priyanka Gandhi. There is a crowd wherever she goes. Irani is also a far better speaker than Priyanka,” Katiyar added.
His remark courted controversy and the Congress demanded an apology from him and said it reflects the “petty and insulting culture of BJP that commodifies women.
In a tweet Priyanka said. “Haha haha! He’s right, they do! And if that’s all he sees in my colleagues who are each strong, brave, beautiful women that have battled through all sorts of hardships to get where they are, then he makes me laugh even more. Because he exposes the BJP’s mindset towards the better half of the population of India.”
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said .”BJP has insulted India’s womanhood. Such conduct, behavior, and words prove BJP’s mentality. Time for PM Modi and Amit Shah to apologize.” he said.
He said BJP-RSS suffer from a “deep-rooted and retrograde anti-women mindset. There is a long list led by Mohan Bhagwat and Kailash Vijayvargiya”.
“Disparaging and atrocious remarks of Vinay Katiyar on Priyankaji reflect the petty and insulting culture of BJP that commodifies women,” Surjewala added.
He also said.”To adjudge India’s women by physical features and not by their capacity, capability, strength, and sacrifice prove the lowly BJP mentality.”
Priyanka played a key role in the tie-up between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party after talks between the two parties hit a rough patch over seat-sharing.