01/08/2015 12:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Smriti Irani Used To Mop Floors, Says Congress Leader Gurudas Kamat, Gets Notice From Women's Panel

Maharashtra Congress President Gurudas Kamat, left, points towards the landslide site as Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, center, looks on at Saki Naka, a suburb of Bombay, India, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, where a landslide caused by rainwater killed 45 people on July 26. Gandhi is on a visit to the city that is battling waterborne diseases which has killed at least 66 people, after the city was crippled by rainwater floods. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)

Congress leader Gurudas Kamat on Saturday said he was quoted out of context after his comments targetting Union minister Smriti Irani's humble past made during a rally in Rajasthan sparked massive outrage both on and offline for degrading the dignity of labour.

Kamat said the Human Resouces Development Minister was a "poncha lagane waali (one who mops floors)" in the past and questioned her credentials to be in charge of the important education portfolio.

NDTV reported that Kamat was today issued a notice from the women’s panel for his remarks against Irani.

"Her family's financial condition was not good; therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she used to mop floors," NDTV quoted Kamat as saying.

This is what Kamat tweeted today.

People tweeted their outrage.

Congress defended Kamat's comments saying that he only repeated what many BJP members have already stated before.

“So Kamat ji had said that Modi ji must have been impressed by one such character played by Smriti Irani and that is why he gave her a portfolio for which she does not have the minimum qualifications, especially overlooking the fact that she had protested against him when he was the Gujarat chief minister,” state Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma was quoted as saying.

BJP slammed the comments made against Irani.

Rajasthan's BJP chief Ashok Parnami was quoted as saying that "These sort of shallow statements against women show the Congress’ desperation."

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