‘I Feel Insulted’: CM Raje on Sharad Yadav’s Fat-Shaming Remark
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday, 7 December, urged the Election Commission to act against Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav for his remark on the CM “putting on a lot of weight.”
At a campaigning rally in Rajasthan a day before, Yadav had said that Raje should be allowed to rest because she had gained weight.
“Vasundhra ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai. (Let Vasundhara rest, she’s very tired. She’s also put on a lot of weight, she used to be thin before. She’s the daughter of Madhya Pradesh).”Sharad Yadav, as reported by ANI
Yadav later justified his comment by saying it was a “joke” and was not meant to be “derogatory,” ANI reported.
This isn’t the first time that Yadav has made controversial statements about women.
In 2017, Yadav had enraged women across the nation for saying that the “honour of a vote, is more important than the honour of a woman,” The Times of India reported.
The newspaper had quoted him as saying:
“In 2015 too, he had passed a highly inappropriate, sexist comment, this time on women from South India, saying “the women of south are dark, but they are as beautiful as their bodies... We don’t see it here. They know dance,” The Times of India reported.
Although he was called out for both comments, Yadav had refused to apologise.