Bhopal, 26 July: Congress leader Digvijay Singh courted fresh controversy when he described party MP Meenakshi Natarajan as “totally pure”, remarks that were slammed as sexist and derogatory. “Our party MP, Meenakshi Natrajan is a Gandhian, simple and an honest leader. She keeps going from place to place in her constituency… Meenakshi Sou Tanch Khara Maal Hai (totally pure),” the Congress leader said addressing party workers in Mandsaur town yesterday.
Mr Singh’s remark were slammed by the BJP. “We have stopped taking Digivijay Singh seriously,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said. Party leader Vinay Katiyar said: “Digvijay Singh has lost his mental balance. We request the government to make him undergo treatment at the earliest at a mental hospital.”
While Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary ducked questions on Mr Singh&’s remarks saying she had not heard them, Ms Natarajan said there’s nothing offensive in the comment and it was just a colloquial phase which should bee seen in context. Mr Singh also said his remark meant that Ms Natrajan was like “pure gold” and threatened to take legal action against TV channels for wrongly reporting it. pti