Former Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Cherian Philip is in trouble for his “sexist remark” claiming that some women Congress workers had to disrobe themselves in secret for seats in the Congress party in the past.
Philip, currently a CPM fellow traveller, made this controversial remark on his Facebook page.
A former close aide of senior congress leader AK Antony, Philip left the party over some differences. He made these remarks against women contestants while lauding the ‘shirtless’ protest taken out by some youth Congress activists in Thrissur recently after they were denied tickets to contest the local body polls next month.
“The protest by youth Congress workers was a new model of protest which can be followed. However, this form of protest had been earlier carried out secretly by some women Congress workers and they managed to get tickets.”
Women leaders have strongly reacted to Philip’s comment and termed it as “insult” to all women.
Cutting across the party lines Mahila Congress leaders Bindu Krishna and Shanimol Usman said he should come with apology for his sexist remarks.
Krishna said they were also contemplating legal action against him.
Philip said that truth cannot be covered up even if he publicly apologises.
“When AK Antony was KPCC president and KM Sudheeran was vice president I was secretary of KPCC. I have not made public the exploitation by Congress leaders which is well known to even Sudheeran,” he wrote.
President of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, Sudheeran, while reacting to Philip’s post, said that these comments are not expected from the leader like him.
“He has insulted all women in the state and hence he should withdraw that statement and publicly apologise.”
The controversy started when Philip referred to the recent ‘shirtless’ strike by youth Congress workers in Thrissur protesting skewed distribution of tickets in the upcoming local body polls.
In another Facebook post, Philip denied that the comments were ‘anti-women’ and said it was intended to point fingers at men who exploit women.
“I have not made any anti-women comments nor insulted women. I have always respected them. I had pointed fingers at some men who exploit women and insult the female community as a whole,” he said.