New Delhi: Soon after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condemned former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath's remark on BJP leader Imarti Devi, the latter refused to apologise saying he has already clarified the context in which he made that statement.

"It is Rahul Gandhi's opinion. I have already clarified the context in which I made that statement... Why should I apologise when I did not intend to insult anyone? If anyone felt insulted, I have already expressed regret," Nath said.

While addressing a press briefing in Wayanad on Tuesday, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he did not like the kind of language Kamal Nath used.

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Sparking a controversy ahead of bypolls, the former CM referred to Imarti Devi, who switched over to the BJP from Congress, as an ‘item’ at an election meeting in Gwalior’s Dabra.

“Suresh Raje ji hamare ummeedvar hai…yeh uske jaise nah hai…kya hai uska naam … main kya uska naam lun? …apko toh mujhe pehle savdhan karna chahiye tha … yeh kya item hai… (Our candidate is not like her… what’s her name? You know her better and should have warned me earlier… What an item!),” Kamal Nath said in Hindi while the crowd called out Imarti Devi’s name.

The former CM was addressing a campaign rally in Dabra for Congress candidate Suresh Raje. Imarti Devi is also contesting on the BJP ticket from Dabra.

Bypolls to 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly seats will be held on November 3 and the counting of votes will take place on November 10.