‘Misogynistic goons’: Smriti counters cong leader’s ‘latke-jhatke’ comment 

Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Monday hit back against a Congress leader’s shocking “latkas” and “jhatkas” comment with a sharp takedown of the party and Rahul Gandhi, the prospects of whose contesting from Amethi had led to the controversy.

Tagging Mr Gandhi, Irani responded on Twitter.

“Heard one of your provincial leaders have announced in an indecent manner that you would contest from Amethi in 2024. So is it definite that you will contest from Amethi? You won’t run off to another seat? You won’t be afraid??? PS: You & Mummy ji need to get your mysoginistic goons a new speechwriter,” read a rough translation of her Hindi tweet.

Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Ajay Rai on Monday took a jibe at Union minister Smriti Irani and said that she comes to her constituency Amethi only to do “latke-jhatke” and goes away. 

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rai was talking to reporters here in Sonbhadra. In reply to a question on the chances of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the 2024 General Elections, Rai said, “Amethi is certainly the Gandhi family’s seat and will remain so. Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and many members of the Gandhi family have served in the place.” 

Talking about Irani, who had dethroned Rahul Gandhi from his bastion Amethi in the 2019 elections, giving an unflattering reference to dance moves Rai said, “She only visits the constituency and ‘latke-jhatke dekar chali jaati haim (She does ‘latke jhatke’ and goes away). 

Rahul Gandhi who is currently representing Kerala’s Wayanad constituency in Lok Sabha had won from Amethi parliamentary seat three times in a row.