The Congress supported the #MeToo campaign on the social media and demanded the resignation of Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar.
Many women journalists levelled charges of sexual harassment against Akbar when he was a newspaper editor.
The Congress also questioned the silence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the matter.
Former minister and senior Congress spokesperson S Jaipal Reddy said, “ Akbar must either offer a satisfactory explanation or resign forthwith. How can he be in the Ministry with serious allegations against him by responsible journalists he worked with? We demand an inquiry into Akbar’s conduct,” Reddy said.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said it is unfortunate that Swaraj, who is a source of inspiration for women in the country, has chosen to remain silent on the serious allegation.
She said the silence of the Centre and the BJP reflected the anti-women position of the BJP.
“It is clear that the person accused should come forth and explain these allegations levelled by extremely successful women who have established a niche for themselves in journalism,” Chaturvedi said.
She said the Centre, which speaks of women empowerment and women safety, has maintained a studious silence.