Congress leader sparks controversy with offensive remarks about Kangana Ranaut

“If a young man gets a ticket, his ideology is attacked. If a young woman gets a ticket, her sexuality is attacked. Strange!! Also, Congress people are sexualizing a small town’s name. Mandi is being used in sexual context everywhere, just because it has a young woman candidate, shame on Congress people for displaying sexist tendencies.”

| Updated: 26 March, 2024 11:42 am IST
Bollywood actress and BJP Lok Sabha candidate Kangana Ranaut

NEW DELHI: A significant controversy has erupted following a now-deleted objectionable post from Congress leader Supriya Shrinate directed at actor-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut. The post, which went viral before being removed, triggered a storm of reactions on social media platforms.

In response, Kangana Ranaut took to the social media platform X to express her thoughts. She stated, “Dear Supriya ji, In the last 20 years of my career as an artist, I have played all kinds of women. From a naive girl in Queen to a seductive spy in Dhaakad, from a goddess in Manikarnika to a demon in Chandramukhi, from a prostitute in Rajjo to a revolutionary leader in Thalaivii.” Ranaut emphasised the importance of empowering women and refraining from derogatory remarks about their circumstances.

Furthermore, she addressed the issue of sexism in politics, stating, “If a young man gets a ticket, his ideology is attacked. If a young woman gets a ticket, her sexuality is attacked. Strange!! Also, Congress people are sexualizing a small town’s name. Mandi is being used in sexual context everywhere, just because it has a young woman candidate, shame on Congress people for displaying sexist tendencies.”

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However, Supriya Shrinate claimed that her social media accounts were compromised, leading to the dissemination of objectionable content. She asserted, “Someone who had access to my meta accounts (FB and Insta) posted a disgusting and objectionable post, which has been taken down. Anyone who knows me will know I would never say that for a woman.” Shrinate also highlighted the existence of a parody account misusing her name on Twitter, which she reported to the platform.

Union Minister Smriti Irani came out in support of Kangana Ranaut, commending her resilience in the face of adversity. “This initiation into politics by fire @KanganaTeam is not a reflection on who you are but on what they have done & are capable of continuing to do for they can’t fathom how to deal with women of steel. March onto victory. Vijayi Bhav!” Irani posted on X.

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The National Commission for Women (NCW) also intervened, calling for strict action against Supriya Shrinate and another Congress leader, HS Ahir, for their “lewd and derogatory” social media posts against Kangana Ranaut. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma sent a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI) demanding immediate action against them, stressing the importance of upholding respect and dignity for all women.

The incident has reignited discussions about social media ethics and the treatment of women in politics, prompting calls for accountability and responsible conduct online.

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