Former national president of JD(U) and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav’s comment on women sparked uproar. He made a remark that honour of ballot was bigger than a daughter’s. The consequence of his remark the National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued a show cause notice to him.
On January 24 in Patna, he said, “Ballot paper ke bare mein samjhane ki zarurat hai… Beti ki izzat se vote ki izzat badi hai… Beti ki izaat jayegi to gaon aur mohalle ki izzat jayegi aur vote ek baar bik gaya or ek baar gadbad ho gaya to ilake ki, desh ki aabaroo or aane wala sapna kabhi poora nahi hoga (There’s a need to understand about ballot paper…the honour of vote is bigger than the daughter’s honour… If a daughter’s honour is violated, it only affects the village or community, but if a vote is sold, it impacts the entire nation. All our dreams for the future evaporate).”
But later, he defended himself told he said nothing wrong. What he meant was the love for vote and daughter should be equal. “You should love your vote as much as you love your daughter. Only then you will get a good government and the nation will progress.”
Women associations criticised him
NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam told IndianExpress.com that they will issue a notice against Sharad Yadav. She said what he did was unacceptable. “But then they will later say they didn’t mean to dishonour women or that they were misquoted. If necessary we will also issue summons.”
Social activist, advocate and Padma Shri recipient, Sudha Varghese said his remarks showed his cheap mentality. He has no idea what it means to have a woman as a wife or daughter. The leaders like him who do not understand relationships should not open their mouth to talk about women. They only understand the power and holding on to the seat of power by hook or by crook. “It’s an irony that senior, experienced leaders like Yadav lack even political education.”
She added, “Leaders like Yadav eat, sleep, drink and talk of votes because of their lust for power for self and family.”
Shashi Yadav, the secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Bihar Unit said Sharad’s remarks showed his male chauvinism and proved his bias against women. Shashi said it was him who opposed the women’s reservation bill.
To become an MP or MLA one has to spend crores of rupees
Sharad said due to the lack of cash it was difficult for his party to fight the Uttar Pradesh election. He stated cash is necessary to become an MP or MLA. One has to spend Rs 25-30 crores to become an MP and Rs 5-10 crore to become an MLA.
“I have run the party for a long time but I have never faced such problem earlier. Resources have become a big problem for us today. Votes are being bought and sold nowadays. In southern states, a person has to spend Rs 25-Rs 30 crore to become an MP and Rs 5-Rs 10 crore to become a legislator.”
Yadav made these controversial comments while speaking at a gathering in Patna on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur.