BJP on Thursday condemned the alleged remarks against a woman party MLA in the Madhya Pradesh assembly by a Congress legislator and demanded an apology from his party president Sonia Gandhi on the issue.
"BJP MLA Lalita Yadav was spoken against very badly by a Congress member in the Madhya Pradesh assembly. This is an absolutely abhorrent act," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said the fact that she was "insulted" inside the assembly was even more unfortunate.
The remarks were made on Wednesday when Yadav arrived a little late in the assembly.
"This is unbecoming of a legislative member and he should be reprimanded," Sitharaman said.
The opposition party demanded an apology from Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the incident.
"The Congress president, who is also a woman, should apologise unconditionally for these absolutely gender insensitive remarks ... This does not augur well for women," Sitharaman said.
On one hand, Congress supports 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies and on the other hand its lawmakers engage in such acts, she added.
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed a censure motion condemning alleged derogatory remarks targeting a woman BJP legislator while she was entering the House.