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NCW notice to Rahul 'politically motivated', says Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday termed the NCW notice to as "politically motivated" as the party defended its and accused the of "lowering" the political discourse.

said the (NCW) was adopting "double standard" by sending a notice to Gandhi, while remaining silent on Narendra Modi's "objectionable references" to during state assembly polls.

"There cannot be double standards, this is politically motivated," he said when asked about the NCW notice to Gandhi.

"Was the NCW in sleep mode when the used objectionable language and style against during poll campaign in state assembly polls, while lowering the dignity of his position? He continues to speak in this mode," Sharma said.

"It does not behove of the prime minister to use such words, the manner in which he speaks. Is this the prime minister's work, the manner in which he speaks while clapping his hands. It is the country's misfortune that it has a prime minister who works with malice. He has no decency and does not hold the dignity of the post he holds.

"Why did the women's commission not give a notice to then? It should seek a response from him on the words used by him," the senior Congress asserted.

The earlier issued the notice to the Congress for his "extremely misogynistic, offensive and unethical" remarks against at a rally in

In the notice, the women's panel said it had taken suo motu cognisance of reports which appeared in various print and dated January 9 "wherein it is reported that you have allegedly made remarks insulting against a woman minister".

"What is trying to imply with his misogynistic statement- "... ek mahila say kaha meri raksha kiijiye."? Does he think women are weak? The irony- calling an of the largest democracy a weak person," NCW tweeted.

Gandhi at the farmers' rally on Wednesday had said, "The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a woman, Sitharaman ji, defend me. I won't be able to defend myself, defend me".

The NCW in the notice said, "It has been reported that you allegedly said "..... the PM ran away and asked a 'mahila '- a veiled reference to - to defend him".

The Commission added that the remarks were extremely misogynistic, offensive, unethical and showed an extreme disrespect towards the dignity and honour of women in general.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:20 IST