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Sharad Yadav expresses regret for remarks on Raje

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi 

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

Raje has demanded that the 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.

Yadav, a former JD(U) Rajya Sabha member, while campaigning for Loktantrik in Alwar in 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 said she was "absolutely shocked" and did not expect such a comment from an experienced leader.

It is important that the 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 with many labelling his comments crass and misogynistic.

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

"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," she had said.

Yadav also met jailed at here. He, however, refused to reveal details of their meeting.

To queries on Prasad's health, he said that the former was much better now.

Yadav also condemned the Bulandshahr violence in which a and a youth were killed.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:35 IST