Sharad Ya­dav apol­o­gises for Raje re­mark

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

For­mer Union min­is­ter Sharad Ya­dav on Satur­day ex­pressed re­gret for mak­ing per­sonal re­marks against Ra­jasthan chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje. “I apol­o­gise if my re­marks have hurt her. I will write to her. I have old and fam­ily ties with Raje,” Ya­dav told re­porters in Ranchi. The for­mer min­is­ter was in Ranchi to meet ail­ing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad at Ra­jen­dra In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (Rims). Ya­dav had made an in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ment on Raje dur­ing an elec­tion rally in Ra­jasthan. Raje had ex­pressed shock over his re­marks.

Speak­ing on the on­go­ing as­sem­bly polls, Ya­dav said peo­ple have re­jected the BJP in Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh. “I have trav­elled across the coun­try and sensed that peo­ple are tired of BJP’s com­mu­nal pol­i­tics. Peo­ple from the mi­nor­ity, Dalit and tribal com­mu­ni­ties have suf­fered in the last four-and-half-years of Naren­dra Modi rule,” Ya­dav said. He added that “Im­ple­men­ta­tions of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, GST and fre­quent in­ci­dents of mob lynch­ing have af­fected the poor and the marginalised the most.”

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