Giving more importance to votes than a daughter’s honour, senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said this while striving to drive home the importance of honesty, while addressing a gathering at an event in Patna.
He said, “People should be made aware about the importance of ballot paper. If a vote is sold the entire nation loses honour, but the entire villager suffers if a daughter loses honour.”
Yadav is known for his ill-considered comments in Parliament and outside.
His colleague KC Tyagi, however, tried to defend Yadav by saying that his comments should not taken in the wrong manner. “He only meant that a family would be shamed if a daughter is married into the wrong family, but the entire society would suffer if wrong people are voted to power.”
“The statement has been misinterpreted. Vote and Daughter are given to others. If a daughter is sent to wrong house the house gets destroyed, but if a vote is sent to wrong person the country gets affected,” KC Tyagi clarified.
Taking suo motu cognisance of Yadav’s remarks, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam said a notice would be served on Yadav asking him to appear before the commission.
“Yadav makes such comments regularly. It has nothing has to do with politics. There are so many people like with him who demean women,” she added.
In 2015, during a discussion on the insurance bill, he spoke about what he felt was the Indian obsession for people with fair skin. He then took off and described the beauty of “saanvli (dusky)” South Indian women.
When Union Minister Smriti Irani objected to his comments, he said, “I know what you really are.”
Again, Twitter has erupted over Yadav’s statement, with one user describing it as “disgusting, derogatory and condemnable.”