BJP leader Imarti Devi, who was in news last month after Congress leader Kamal Nath’s “item” remark, lost from Dabra seat in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. She lost to the seat to Suresh Raje of Congress party. The Women and Child Development Minister in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government, Devi lost by 7265 votes.
#MadhyaPradesh by-polls: Bhartiya Janata Party's Imarti Devi (in file pic) loses to Congress' Suresh Raje from Dabra constituency. pic.twitter.com/QcR3HwcXms
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On Tuesday, Devi was confident that she will emerge as a winner in the polls and had said, “Kamal Nath’s bags are packed from Chhindwara, and he will now retreat to Bengal.”
Devi’s political career started in 1997 when she became the Senior Vice-President of District IYC (Indian Youth Congress) in Gwalior. She was 22 then. She went on to become a member of the District Panchayat of Gwalior from 2004-2009. Devi has been the chairperson of Block Congress Dabra since 2005.
Recently, a video went viral in which Devi claimed that she was immune to COVID-19 after being criticised for not wearing a mask. In the video, she claims that she can never contract the virus as she was born in “cow-dung”. “Tumahi they, akele tum. Tumey humein corona bata deo. Imarti Devi matti mey paida bhai, gobar mein paida bhai, itte karre kitanu hain ki, Corona ke aas paas nahi aa payein.”
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Prior to joining BJP, Devi was an active member of the Congress Party for nearly 23 years. She came to the spotlight when the former chief minister Nath called her “item” in a speech during the election campaign. Reacting to the same, Devi had publically criticised him for the sexist remark. Nath faced immense social media backlash for his comments. The election commission not only criticised Nath for his comments but also removed the politician from the “star campaigner” status of his political party in Madhya Pradesh by-polls.
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