Expressing shock and dismay over Sharad Yadav’s comment on her, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday said that the Election Commission should take an appropriate action against him. Bihar politician Sharad Yadav had body-shamed her at an election rally in Alwar on Thursday.
"I am shocked. I feel insulted. He has insulted women. I think to set an example, it is very important that the Election Commission takes cognizance," Vasundhara Raje said after casting her vote at a pink voting booth exclusively for women.
#Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Sharad Yadav's remark 'Vasundhara (Raje) ko aaram do, thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain': To set an example for future it's important that EC takes cognisance of this kind of language. I actually feel insulted&I think even women are insulted pic.twitter.com/dNCO0QLTDX— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018
"Is this the sort of example he wants to set for youngsters? Congress and its allies should be restrained in their language," said the chief minister as quoted by news agency ANI.
Making a comment on her weight, Sharad Yadav had said, "Vasundhra ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain (let Vasundhara relax, she is tired."
On Friday morning, Sharad Yadav tried to defend himself saying, "I said it as a joke. I've old relations with her. It wasn't derogatory in any way. I had no intentions of hurting her. When I met her, I told her then also that you're gaining weight," as quoted by the news agency.
In 2017, the JD-U removed Sharad Yadav as the party's leader in Rajya Sabha, citing "anti-party activities" by the senior leader. This is not the first time that the 73-year-old leader has been in the midst of a controversy over a sexist remark. In 2017, Sharad Yadav made a strange connection between the "honour of a vote and a daughter's honour". He had said: "The integrity of a vote is bigger than the integrity of a daughter. If a daughter loses honour, the village loses its honour. But if a vote is sold, the nation will lose its honour."
In 2015, Sharad Yadav, while participating in a discussion in Parliament, started describing the beauty of "saanvli (dusky)" South Indian women.