Saina Nehwal slams Congress MLA’s ‘fit to cook’ jibe at BJP woman leader

Former World No1 badminton player Saina Nehwal slammed the misogynistic remark made by a Karnataka Congress MLA against a BJP woman leader.
Saina Nehwal slams Congress MLA’s ‘fit to cook’ jibe at BJP woman leader
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A Congress MLA’s sexist comment against a BJP woman candidate has sparked a row. Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal slammed the comment made by Congress leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa and said that the misogynistic remark was “really upsetting”.

Davangere South MLA Shamanur Shivashankarappa had said the BJP's candidate from the constituency, Gayathri Siddeshwara, was only "fit to cook".

“She can't even speak properly. She is fit to cook food at home. Let her understand the problems of Davangere before seeking public support in the Lok Sabha polls," Shivashankarappa said.

The remark sparked a controversy, with London Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal taking to X to slam the sexist comment.

Nehwal said, "Women should be restricted to the kitchen – this is what a top Karnataka leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa ji has said. The sexist jibe at BJP candidate from Davanagere, Gayatri Siddeshwara ji is least expected from a party that says Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon (I am a woman, I can fight)."

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Saina Nehwal slams Congress MLA’s ‘fit to cook’ jibe at BJP woman leader

She said it is upsetting that while women are making their mark in many fields, some people are insulting “Nari Shakti” (women empowerment).

"When I won medals for Bharat on the play field, what would Congress party have preferred I should have done? Why say like that when all the girls and women dream of achieving big in any field,” Saina Nehwal said.

"On one hand, we are doing Nari Shakti ko Vandan (respecting women empowerment). The Women’s Reservation Bill has been passed under the leadership of our PM Modi and, on the other hand, Nari Shakti ka apman (insult) and misogynistic people... really upsetting,” wrote Nehwal, former World No1 badminton player.

Meanwhile, Gayathri Siddeshwara, BJP’s candidate from Davangere South MLA, said that Shivashankarappa's remark against her was an insult to all women.

"Shamanur Shivashankarappa has insulted women with his remarks. Are we confined only to the kitchen?," she asked.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given importance to women empowerment. But these people keep insulting women," Gayathri Siddeshwara said.

Source: India Today

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