On Thursday, female Members of Parliament from the Trinamool Congress staged a protest within the Parliament premises in response to what they deemed as “misogynistic” remarks by Union Minister Giriraj Singh targeting TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Gathering in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue within the Parliament complex, the women MPs held placards demanding the expulsion of Singh. TMC Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra expressed her strong disapproval of Singh’s comments, labeling them as “shameful, misogynistic, and patriarchal.” She specifically criticized the Union minister for commenting on the only woman chief minister in India.
Moitra, condemning the language used by Singh, pointed fingers at the BJP and its ministers, accusing them of disliking women in positions of power and being inherently misogynistic. She highlighted the need to address such attitudes within the political landscape.
The controversy stemmed from a clip shared by Moitra, allegedly featuring an interview in which Singh made disparaging remarks about Mamata Banerjee attending the Kolkata International Film Festival, stating, “Jashn mana rahi hai, thumke laga rahi hai, yeh uchit nahi hai (she is celebrating and dancing, this is inappropriate).”
TMC Rajya Sabha member Santanu Sen raised the issue in the House during a debate on the economic situation, strongly protesting against the actions of the rural development minister. He offered to show the video as evidence of the inappropriate comments made by Singh.
The Trinamool Congress, with two women members in the Rajya Sabha and seven women members in the Lok Sabha, emphasized the importance of addressing and condemning such instances of sexism within the political sphere. The protest aimed to draw attention to the broader issue of gender bias and misogyny, asserting that women in positions of authority should not be subjected to such disrespectful language.
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