Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and Congress leader, Kamal Nath sparked controversy after his comments on Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Imarti Devi, while addressing a rally in MP's Gwalior ahead of Madhya Pradesh bypolls. He said, "Shivraj Singh is such an actor who can let down Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Shivraj got to Mumbai and do acting at least you'll make Madhya Pradesh proud that way. Our candidate Suresh Raje is very simple man. Our candidate is not like her, what's her name? (people shout Imarti Devi, who is former State Minister) You know her better and should have warned me earlier. Ye kya item hai."