Sharad Yaday body-shames Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP files complaint

Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav stoked a controversy on Thursday when he called Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje “fat”, while appealing to voters in the poll-bound state to not vote for BJP. The BJP on Thursday condemned his remarks as sexist and filed a complaint with the election commission demanding action against Yadav.

Nahar Singh Maheshwari, state chief of BJP’S election cell filed a complaint with the election commission on behalf of the BJP.

Chief Electoral Officer, Rajasthan, Anand Kumar said he had been apprised of the matter by the BJP’s and would look into it.

At a campaign against the BJP at a rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar, Yadav said, “Vasundhara ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai (Give some rest to Vasundhra, she has become very tired, very fat. She used to be thin. She is our Madhya Pradesh’ daughter).”

A video of the comment was put out on Twitter by news agency ANI, following which Yadav, who founded the Loktantrik Janata Dal after he was ousted out of JD(U) by NItish Kumar, came under attack on the social media platform.

Several users called him out for his sexist and misogynist comments even as BJP leaders and right wing users targeted Congress for his association with the United Progressive Alliance.

“When @INCIndia lost faith in own leaders (Pappu) then requested Sharad Yadav to come to #Rajasthan and Body shames CM Vasundhara Raje Ji. It s an insult of all Rajasthani’s, I am sure public will give befitting reply by voting to @BJP4Rajasthan!” tweeted Khenchand Sharma, the national IT head of BJP Kisan Morcha.

Last year, Sharad Yadav had said that the integrity of a vote was bigger than that 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, he had started describing the beauty of “saanvli” (dusky) south Indian women while participating in a discussion in Parliament.

The Rajasthan assembly elections is scheduled to be held on Friday along with Telangana. The results will be declared on December 11, along with three other states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

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First Published: Dec 06, 2018 20:47 IST

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