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Brinda Karat seeks apology from Sharad Yadav over his remarks on Raje

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CPI(M) leader Karat demanded an apology from former JD(U) leader on Friday over his personal comments on and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje's appearance.

"A senior leader like making such a derogatory comment on a woman leader, who is also a chief minister, is extremely objectionable. He should withdraw his statement and offer an apology," Karat said.

She said that despite her party being at odds with the BJP, such comments against any woman is unacceptable.

"We have very strong political difference with the BJP and We have been very critical of her policies. But never such personal comment against a woman can ever be accepted", Karat said.

Yadav made the personal comments, calling Raje fat and asking people to give her rest, while addressing a rally in Alwar on the last day of campaigning in on Wednesday.

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

Calling Raje a daughter of Madhya Pradesh, he said people need to give her some rest as she was very tired. She was thin earlier, and was now fat, he is heard as saying.

The urged the Election Commission(EC) to take cognisance of Yadav's comment on her physique.

"To set an example for future, it's important that the takes cognisance of this kind of language. I actually feel insulted and I think even women are insulted," Raje tweeted.

Yadav later tendered an apology from

"I said it as a joke. I've old relations with her. It wasn't derogatory in any way. I had no intentions of hurting her.When I met her, I told her then also that you're gaining weight", Yadav tweeted.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:45 IST