Are They Not Capable, Asks Smriti Irani as Kejriwal Urges Women to 'Consult' Men Before Voting in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal made an appeal to women on the day of Delhi elections but it seems to have backfired | Image credit: PTI/PTI

Arvind Kejriwal made an appeal to women on the day of Delhi elections but it seems to have backfired | Image credit: PTI/PTI

Arvind Kejriwal's appeal to women voters in Delhi backfired after he asked them to discuss with men about whom to vote for.

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  • Last Updated: February 8, 2020, 3:58 PM IST
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Arvind Kejriwal's appeal to the women voters of Delhi to go out in large numbers and cast their vote seems to have backfired as the Aam Aadmi Party chief has been slammed for asking women to "consult with men" before exercising their democratic right.

In a tweet posted earlier on Saturday as polling for the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections 2020 began across the city, Kejriwal earnestly urged women to caste their vote.

"A special appeal to all the ladies," he tweeted. "Just like you shoulder all the responsibilities of home, the responsibility of the nation as well as Delhi is also on your shoulders. all you ladies please definitely go to cast your vote and take the men in the house with you too".

While the appeal was made in in good faith, the last line of the tweet seems to have angered women including Union Minister Smriti Irani.

After appealing to the women to go and vote, Kejriwal ended his tweet by saying, "Make sure to consult (charcha) with men about whom to vote for."

For many, Kejriwal's tweet came across as patronising toward women as it seemed he considered them incapable of figuring out the right candidate to vote for without the help of men and their superior brains.

BJP's Smriti Irani led the attack on Kejriwal with a scathing response. "Do you not consider women capable enough to decide for themselves who they want to vote for?" Irani asked. BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma also tweeted.

The tweet has also angered other women on Twitter.

Following the outrage, Kejriwal responded to Smriti Irani's tweet by saying that women in Delhi had already decided who they were going to vote for. "This time, in all of Delhi only women have decided the who the entire family will vote for. After all, women are the ones who have to run the home".

Women voters are an important demographic for Kejriwal who is seeking a second term in Delhi. In 2015 election, the constituencies with the highest women voter turnout voted for AAP. Increasing women's safety has been one of AAP's primary poll-planks. Women voter turnout can have a great impact on AAP's performance.

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