Former JDU leader Sharad Yadav has found himself in the midst of a huge political controversy for his misogynistic comments against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. A video of Yadav body-shaming Raje during an election rally has now gone viral on social media platforms.
In the video, posted by news agency ANI, Yadav is heard saying, “Vasundhra ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai. (Give Vasundhara some rest. She is tired, she has become fat. Earlier she was thin. She is teh daughter of our Madhya Pradesh.)”
Reacting to his comments, Raje told reporters that she was feeling insulted by Yadav’s comments. She was quoted as saying, “To set an example for future it’s important that EC takes cognisance of this kind of language. I actually feel insulted and I think even women are insulted.”
Yadav’s comments also earned him ire of social media users, who’ve been slamming the veteran Indian politician for his loose talk with many accusing him of taking the public discourse to a new low.
#WATCH Sharad Yadav on Vasundhra Raje in Alwar, Rajasthan: Vasundhra ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai. pic.twitter.com/8R5lEpuSg0
— ANI (@ANI) December 6, 2018
Dr Jyoti Kiran of the BJP in Rajasthan wrote, “All women leaders and workers of BJP Rajasthan will fast tomorrow on poll day to protest for Sharad Yadav s sexist remarks on Vasundhara Raje.” User Seema Chaudhary, whose bio claims to be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wrote, “Sharad Yadav is a secular leader(so called) & you are allowed to say anything in the name of secularism & liberalism!!!”
Indian politics has lately seen its discourse stoop to a new low with politicians relentlessly trying to indulge in personal mud-slinging by ignoring to address issues of public importance.