Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday strongly condemned the unbecoming behaviour of State BJP President and MLA Mr Jugal Kishore with Minister for Social Welfare Ms Sakina Itoo in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and has sought an unconditional apology from the BJP high command as well as made a demand for his (Jugal Kishore’s) removal from the position he holds in the state unit forthwith.
Interacting with media persons here this afternoon, Rana described the incident as most unfortunate, saying the attempted assault on a lady politician speaks of scant regard BJP has for womanhood. He sought apologies from the BJP President Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and the senior leader Smiriti Irani, who have been vociferously espousing the cause of women across the country.
He castigated BJP for the shameful act and wondered how can the leaders who vouch for reservation of women in the legislature and Parliament, apart from boasting to be the custodians of high glorious ethos, culture and tradition of Jammu region stoop so low where they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Women, who deserve respect in a civilized society cannot be belittled the way Jugal Kishore Sharma did, the Provincial President said.
Rana said Skina Itoo belongs to a highly respected political family of the state who inherits a glorious political legacy and has been winning her seat from south Kashmir despite all odds and had even fought valiantly against forces who made attempts to eliminate her thrice. For her chequered political career and contribution to the society particularly towards women folk of the state, Itoo enjoys great respect and regard from all sections of the people, he added.
Rana expressed his solidarity with Sakina and said that National Conference will not take such an attempt of assault casually. He said the woman wing of his party has already chalked out a protest plan.