Actors-turned-politicians Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan won at the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with a good margin. The Trinamool Congress lawmakers who put up a picture after their visit to the parliament have been subjected to vehement trolls for being clad in western wear.
Mimi was seen posing in front of Parliament, wearing a white shirt and a pair of denims. Nusrat opted for a wine coloured fitted ensemble — a pair of pants with a peplum zipped top — for her visit to Parliament. These were far different from the saris and salwar suits that a lot of women politicians wear to Parliament.
One social media user commented,”Parliament is not a photo studio”, while another user slammed Mimi saying “she is not suitable for the position”. Another comment read, “You should wear some Indian attire in Parliament. You are going for people not for movie promotions. And keep some respect towards your Bengali society.” “Wear sari in Parliament. You look like a tourist there,” one netizen wrote on Nusrat’s image, highlighting the stereotypes attached to women politicians in India. Amidst criticism, Mimi and Nusrat found support from certain people. One user praised Nusrat for her “attitude”.
This is not the first time that a woman politician has had to face people’s wrath due to her choice of clothes. Earlier this year, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s change of display picture on Twitter — from a sari-clad look to one in a pair of jeans — too sparked debate on social media.