Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has criticised former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and party veteran Kamal Nath for his derogatory remarks against BJP leader Imarti Devi.

Rahul Gandhi said, "Kamal Nathji is from my party. But personally, I don't like the type of language that he used. I don't appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate"

The remarks come just hours after the BJP tore into the Congress party, questioning party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul over their silence on Kamal Nath's 'item' remark against Imarti Devi. 

MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking Kamal Nath's sacking.
"I thought being a woman you would take notice of the news on insult to cabinet minister and scheduled caste woman leader Imarti Devi and take action against state Congress president Kamal Nath while condemning the indecent remark but you have not done it so far. She broke down while sharing her pain. Elections come and go but insult to a Dalit woman like this casts a slur on the entire political arena," he wrote.

"I request you to condemn the indecent remark and remove your party’s former chief minister Kamal Nath from all the party posts to teach a lesson to leaders of your party who insult women. I wish to add that if you keep silent on the insult, it would be considered that you havegiven your consent to the remark," Chouhan added.

Imarti Devi and 21 other MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia had resigned from the Congress and the state assembly and joined the BJP in March, in the process bringing down the Nath government.