The fight in the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency didn’t end with the election results on Friday, as the two celeb contestants, Kirron Kher and Gul Panag, inadvertently found themselves in the middle of a Twitter catfight.
It started with actor-turned-author Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who is also filmmaker Shekhar Kapur’s ex wife, making a rather distasteful comment about Panag, who lost to Kher. "Kirron Kher win over Gul Panag. India needs strong women & mothers, not cleavage flashers." (sic), read the tweet.
Within minutes, the post spurred strong criticism from Twitterati, including actor Sonam Kapoor, who posted, "I cannot believe a woman tweeted that. It’s disgusting. Women are the biggest enemies of women."
Suchitra made it worse by responding with, "True. So if u ever aspire to political office, remember to put ur clothes back on (sic)."
While, both Kirron Kher and Gul Panag maintained silence, Kher’s husband, actor Anupam Kher, said, "Complimenting one person by taking a dig at another is not good. Suchitra should not have done that."
After a strong chiding by Twitter users, including one who posted Kirron Kher’s cleavage-baring pic to make a point, Suchitra deleted the offensive tweet and posted, "ok now i’ve had it with that last tweet-2 late 2 take it back. Not a personal attack on Gul but a general obsrvatn on political demeanor. my apologies to @GulPanag - but i stand by my statement that a young woman seen in a sexual context will not be taken seriously otherwise (sic)."
When contacted, Gul Panag responded to HT City’s query by saying, "Ms Krishnamoorthi is entitled to her opinion."
Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, meanwhile, said, "Suchitra’s tweet is regressive, small-minded, mean, bitchy and petty. I can understand men being snide, but it is sad to see a woman writing in such a derogatory way about another woman.