New Delhi, October 11: Reacting to the #MeToo controversy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said it is a "very big issue" on which he would be commenting in the next press conference. The Gandhi scion's carefully worded reaction comes amid his party relentlessly demanding the resignation of Union Minister MJ Akbar, accused of sexual harassment by six female journalists.
While addressing the media on the Rafale deal row, Gandhi was insisted by journalists to comment on the #MeToo controversy, which has embroiled MJ Akbar among others. MJ Akbar May be Asked to Resign as Union Minister, Government Wants to Avoid Legal Battle, Say Reports.
"I have come here to address on the Rafale deal row. It is a serious issue...#MeToo is also a very big issue. I will comment on it in a further press conference," the Congress chief said.
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#WATCH Congress President Rahul Gandhi says, "#MeToo is a very big issue. I will comment on it in a further press conference." on journalists asking him about his views on MeToo & #MJAkbar pic.twitter.com/toCBCuR8yP
— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2018
Akbar, a veteran journalist-turned-politician, has been accused by six of his former subordinates of sexually harassing them while he was the editor-in-chief of a leading English national daily.
Neither Akbar, nor the the Centre, has reacted to the allegations levelled against him. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on being asked by journalists on Tuesday to react, offered a muted response.
Earlier in the day, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said she would not comment on the issue, but added, "Up to the concerned gentleman to issue a statement". She, however, reiterated her support towards the #MeToo campaign, saying that women who narrate their ordeal should "at least be respectfully heard".