Already surrounded by controversies and criticism for his remarks on the complexion of South Indian Women, JDU leader Sharad Yadav had invited a fresh spark of spates after his altercations with HRD minister Smriti Irani. However, after his much pedestal raised stance, Yadav has calmed down to a regret position.
The minister is saddened by the way his remarks were presented as sexist in the media reports.
“I regret (the controversy). The media reports (on his statement), that was not what I meant”, Yadav said.
When the house was discussing about Yadav’s sexist and misogynist remarks about South Indian Women, Irani had asked him to refrain from such attitude and comments.
Yadav, in turn, slashed by saying, “Who are you. Being a minister, you just take your seat and listen to me. I know which kind of person you are”.
Leader of the house and the finance minister, Arun Jaitely came out in support of the senior colleague by saying that the statement by Yadav wasn’t supposed to be recorded but still it was presented in the media in a way that created an improper impression.
However, today Yadav took an appreciatory stance towards the female ministers and said, “I consider Sitharaman as the best minister and respect her for her competence. In the case of Irani, in fact, I was the one to first defend her when there was a controversy over her degree”.
“I regret. The media reports… that was not what I meant,” he said bringing the matter to an end.
Amidst the continuing comments and insulting stance towards female ministers in the house, a Rajya Sabha member has stated the demand to have a system in place to keep a check on such behaviour. Refusing to be quoted, the member said, “this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and the message should go out loud and clear”.