Sharad Ya­dav ex­presses re­gret for re­marks on Raje

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Fac­ing flak for his re­marks against Ra­jasthan Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje, for­mer JD(U) leader Sharad Ya­dav on Satur­day ex­pressed re­gret for "hurt­ing" her and said he would write to her.

Raje has de­manded that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion take cog­ni­sance of Ya­dav's "in­sult­ing" re­marks and taken ac­tion against him.

"I have seen her (Raje's) com­ments. Our re­la­tions are very old. If she thinks what­ever I had said has hurt her, I ex­press my re­gret for that," Ya­dav told re­porters.

"I will also write a let­ter to her," he added, re­ports PTI.

Ya­dav, a for­mer JD(U) Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber, while cam­paign­ing for Lok­tantrik Janata Dal in Alwar in Ra­jasthan on Wed­nes­day, had called Raje fat and asked peo­ple to give her rest.

Af­ter crit­i­cism from var­i­ous quar­ters, Ya­dav had said it was a joke and that he had no in­ten­tion of hurt­ing Raje and it was not meant to be deroga­tory in any way.

Re­act­ing to his re­marks, Raje had said, "I feel in­sulted. This is in­sult of women". The BJP leader said she was "ab­so­lutely shocked" and did not ex­pect such a com­ment from an ex­pe­ri­enced leader.

It is im­por­tant that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion takes cog­ni­sance of this and sets an ex­am­ple so peo­ple don't re­peat such a thing in fu­ture, she had added.

A video of Ya­dav was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia with many la­belling his com­ments crass and misog­y­nis­tic.

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat had echoed Raje's call for an apol­ogy from Ya­dav.

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