One on one between Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi

VADODARA: Attacking the Sangh parivar with regard to women empowerment, Rahul Gandhi sparked off a row with his remarks that were no “women in shorts in RSS shakhas”.

On an expected note, the remark drew immediate condemnation from the BJP with Union Minister Smriti Irani terming them as “indecent” and that if Gandhi believes that wearing shorts is a sign of empowerment of women in India, she condemns the notion, while her colleague Prakash Javadekar accused Gandhi of not knowing how RSS works.

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“It is fine with them if a woman is quiet. But if she speaks, the tendency is to make her quiet,” he alleged.

Referring to BJP and RSS, Gandhi said “women empowerment was never their priority.”

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“They are not interested in rights of women. I ask you a simple question. Their main organisation is RSS. How many women are there. Have you seen women in shorts in shakhas? Have you seen. I have not seen. You get to know about an organisation from its structure,” Gandhi said.

“There are women in Congress at every level. In RSS, you will not find a single woman. What mistake have they made that they cannot enter the RSS,” he added.

Smriti Irani, who was at Amethi, the constituency of Gandhi, hit back at Gandhi over his remarks pertaining to RSS.

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“The remarks that Rahul Gandhi made about our sisters in Rashtriya Sevika Sangh or who have joined the Sangh in some capacity or are sisters, daughters, wives and relatives of Swayamsevaks… the indecent remark that he has made about women. If Rahulji believes that wearing shorts is a sign of empowerment in India then as a woman, I condemn it,” she said.