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Congress Asks M.J. Akbar To Either Give Satisfactory Explanation Or Quit

Congress spokesperson also questioned external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's silence on the issue, saying she is evading responsibility and is not prepared to comment on her subordinate.

New Delhi: The Congress said on Wednesday, October 10, Union minister M.J. Akbar must either offer a satisfactory explanation on the allegations of sexual harassment against him or resign immediately.

The party also demanded an inquiry into his conduct.

As the #MeToo campaign gathered momentum in India, some women journalists have come out and accused Akbar, a former editor and now the minister of state for external affairs, of sexually harassing them during his stint as a journalist.

Also read: M.J. Akbar, Minister and Former Editor, Sexually Harassed and Molested Me

Congress spokesperson S. Jaipal Reddy, in a press conference, said, “I think Mr M.J. Akbar must either offer a satisfactory explanation or resign forthwith. How can he be in the ministry with serious allegations being levelled against him by responsible journalists who worked with him. Let there be an inquiry into it. We demand an inquiry into M.J. Akbar’s conduct.”

Reddy also questioned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s silence on the issue, saying she is evading responsibility and is not prepared to comment on her subordinate.

(PTI)

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