‘Flying kiss’ row: Why don't you get angry at what Brij Bhushan did? DCW Chief to Smriti Iranitext_fields
New Delhi: Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) reacted sharply to Union minister Smriti Irani's allegation against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, that he blew a “flying kiss” towards the treasury benches which were booing him while he was leaving the Lok Sabha, after his speech during the no-confidence motion debate on Wednesday.
Irani had called Gandhi a “misogynist” and that his gesture “lacked dignity”, saying that the House had never witnessed such an "indecent act".
BJP women MPs also met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, accusing Gandhi of insulting women through his “inappropriate gesture”, with the issue turning into a massive political row.
“A supposed flying kiss thrown in the air ignited so much fire. A man named Brij Bhushan is sitting two rows back. The one who called Olympic wrestlers into the room and put his hand on their chest, put his hand on their waist and sexually assaulted them. Why don't you get angry at what he did?” Mahiwal wrote on X (formally Twitter).
Maliwal was referring to sexual harassment charges levelled against outgoing Wrestling Federation of India chief and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, by six top wrestlers including Olympic medallists Bajranj Punia and Sakshi Malik.
More than 20 women parliamentarians have signed the complaint, alleging that Gandhi behaved in an “indecent manner”, which not only “insulted the dignity of women members in the House, but also brought disrepute and lowered the dignity of this august House”.
However, Congress has come out in defence of Gandhi, saying that the gesture was not meant for anyone in particular. The party said that he never disrespected women and the BJP was indulging in an “indecent” act of accusing him of “misconduct” as it does not want a debate on Manipur violence.
Congress whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore accused Irani of suffering from "Rahul-phobia" and asked her to come out of it.
"Smriti Irani is consumed by 'Rahul phobia' and she should try to come out of it," Tagore said on BJP's charge of 'misbehavior' by Gandhi in Lok Sabha.
Party general secretary KC Venugopal said throughout the Bharat Jodo Yatra, “Those who joined it and watched it, all are giving it as a symbol of humankind and love and affection”.
Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also sought to defend Gandhi, saying "I was at the visitors gallery and he (Rahul Gandhi) did it as a gesture of affection. They (BJP) can't accept love."
"Why are they feeling bad about it? It was just a genuine gesture, that's what he did. Like he said 'mohabbat ki dukaan'. You people have got used to 'nafrat' (hatred), that is why you are not able to accept 'mohabbat' (love)," she said.
According to Jharkhand Congress MP Geeta Koda, Gandhi has always respected women and his behaviour has always been good.