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NCW notice to Rahul politically motivated: Anand Sharma

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Thursday said that the notice issued by the Commission for Women (NCW) to was a politically motivated move and accused that has himself "dragged the Indian political discourse to a gutter level".

"It (NCW notice) is politically motivated. There should have been a number of notices sent for the and (BJP president) Does Shushma Swaraj have the guts to criticise the for lowering the dignity of his own office repeatedly? It is the Prime Minister who has lowered the political discourse to a gutter level," said Sharma while addressing media here.

"It is not true that ji has downgraded the standard of political debates, the reality is that Prime Minister was using and as a shield. If he really has the courage and stands for the truth, he should have come to the Parliament himself," added Sharma.

While saying that the Prime Minister was himself responsible for lowering the standards of political debate in the country, the former Union said, "Ever since he was the and even today, the kind of language he has used, he has had no regard for his position, neither has he any decency. During the rallies for the recently concluded elections, what kind of words did he use against ji".

also echoed similar comments, saying that the BJP was responsible for lowering the standards of political debates.

"If there is a political party that has lowered the standards of the political discourse, it is the BJP, and it started with ji. He has used words like 'the Congress widow', the 'Rs 50 crore girlfriend', 'Itlaian cow', etc, I think Sushma Swaraj ji should criticise him (PM Modi) for using words like these," Chaturvedi said.

She further led a scathing attack on NCW "I want to ask one thing from the NCW chairperson, the responsibility she has been given is not a political responsibility, it is a responsibility towards the women of the country, so why was she quiet when female journalists were being called prostitutes? Why was she quiet when cases like Kathua and Unnao were coming? This notice shows that she is fulfilling her political responsibility rather than fulfilling constitutional responsibility," Chaturvedi added.

Earlier today, the NCW issued a notice against for allegedly making sexist remarks against Sitharaman in Parliament. The Gandhi scion had ridiculed the Prime Minister, saying that he could not "even come to Parliament for a minute to respond to questions posed on the Rafale deal and asked a lady (Nirmala Sitharaman) to save him.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 15:40 IST