New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Tribal and Scheduled Caste Welfare Minister Vijay Shah reportedly resigned on Wednesday after he courted controversy over his alleged ‘sexist remarks’. (JPN/Agencies)
According to the reports, Shah tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The development came a day after the opposition parties led by the Congress took to streets demanding immediate action against the minister.
Shah, while addressing a function in tribal-dominated Jhabua district had reportedly said, "Once in Khandwa, I asked bhabhiji (Chouhan's wife) bhaiya ke sath to roz jati ho, kabhi dewar kei sath bhi chalo (You always accompany my brother, once in a while you should go out with me too).”
The alleged remarks raised the hackles of BJP following which Shah tendered an apology, accusing the media of "misconstruing" his comments by taking them out of context. "If anyone felt offended by my speech, I apologise ten times. Whatever I said was in a lighter vein but it was distorted by the media", he said.
But his apology failed to cool the tempers with opposition Congress taking to streets against his "derogatory" remarks.
The women wing of state Congress burnt his effigies at Jhabua, Indore, Bhopal and Khandwa among other places even as the State Women Congress president Archana Jaiswal demanded immediate sacking of the minister and also questioned the "silence" of leaders of BJP women wing on the issue.
State Congress president Kantilal Bhuria and the Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh said "the episode has exposed Chouhan's much publicised respect for women".
"If he (Chouhan) has any concern for women's respect, then he should immediately dismiss the minister from the cabinet", they said addressing a party rally in Mandla
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Tribal and Scheduled Caste Welfare Minister Vijay Shah reportedly resigned on Wednesday after he courted controversy over his alleged ‘sexist remarks’.