Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is observing a fast under the Mahatma Gandhi's statue to protest againt Congress leader Kamal Nath's derogatory remarks against his cabinet colleague Imarti Devi.

Addressing a rally in Dabra where by-election will be held next month, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath referred to the BJP leader as an 'item'.

While seeking votes for Congress candidate Suresh Raje, the former chief minister said Raje is a simple man who will carry out development work 'unlike her...' 

"Ye unke jaise nahi hai... kya hai uska naam” (He is not like her, what is her name)," Nath asked.

When the crowd responded with Imarti Devi's name, Kamal retorted: "You know her better than I do. You people should have warned me beforehand... ye kya item hai… kya item hai."

Angered by Kamal Nath's remarks, the ruling BJP has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over Nath's remark, saying that it insulted the woman leader.

Slamming the Congress leader, Imarti Devi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: "What is my fault if I was born in a poor family? What is my fault if I belong to Dalits? I want to appeal to Sonia Gandhi, who is also a mother, to not keep such people in her party. If such words will be used for women then how can any woman move forward?"