The All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) along with the Delhi women wing of the party will lodge an FIR over sexist remarks against AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at social networking sites. All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) President Sushmita Dev and Delhi Mahila Congress President Sharmistha Mukherjee will register the complaint around 12:30 pm at Parliament Police Station on Monday, February 4, 2019.
Speaking to news agency IANS, AIMC chief Dev said, "Ever since Priyanka Gandhi joined active politics, several BJP leaders made derogatory remarks. While we chose to ignore them, it has triggered a malicious campaign against her on social media".
Filing of FIRs will begin with the national capital - Delhi and the party will further reach out to all state capitals seeking police action against the accused, Dev said. The decision has been taken with an aim to make politics a safer place for women, she added.
"Today there are not many women politicians because often they are subjected to harassment like this. Our aim is to seek action not just for the remarks against Gandhi but all women who are subjected to such attacks on social media or otherwise," Dev went on to claim further.
Gandhi, who last month was appointed the Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East), is scheduled to formally take charge in Lucknow on Monday.
With Priyanka's formal entry into politics, Uttar Pradesh is expected to witness a triangular contest between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), SP-BSP alliance and the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Also, the fact that Prime Minister Narendra and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath both hold constituencies in eastern UP, makes the job tougher for Priyanka.
Vadra is likely to contest the General Elections from her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Raebareli. The reports hold significance as the UPA chairperson has recently indicated that she will soon retire from politics.