Guwahati, Dec 28: A former Assam Congress Minister’s disparaging purported comments against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani kicked up a storm, drawing strong condemnation from BJP which described his remarks as “shameful”. Nilamoni Sen Deka, former state Agriculture minister, reportedly made the remarks at a public meeting in Nalbari. He reportedly said that many people refer to Smriti Irani as the second wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Reacting sharply to the remarks, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said it was a “shameful assertion” by the Congress leader towards Irani. “Is Congress management headed by a lady defending him? he tweeted. Strongly condemning the remarks, Union Sports Minister and Assam unit BJP Chief Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters here that the party’s state unit will soon file a defamation case against him. (ALSO READ: More number of foreign students came to India this year, says Smriti Irani)

Earlier an Aaj Tak anchor verbally assaulted her with sexual overtones on the news channel’s chat show. The minister was taking questions from the audience when the anchor, Ashok Singhal, shamelessly had asked her the question – What qualities do you possess that you were made the HRD minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?