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Sexist remarks: What exactly did Sharad Yadav say in Rajya Sabha

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

JD(U) leader Shard Yadav made headlines on Monday when he reacted obstinately over his sexist comments on women’s complexion, and said is ready to debate.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad raised the issue again, asking JD(U) leader to withdraw his comments.  Prasad who was silent on the comment last week, argued with the chair mentioning that he doesn’t agree with the statement made and demanded withdrawal of the same.

The issue started when debating over Insurance Bill in Rajya Sabha last week, Yadav spoke on Indian’s obsession on fair skin. He said, “Your God is dark like Ravi Shankar Prasad, but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides.” Referring to the complexion of south Indian women he added, “The women of the south are dark but they are as beautiful as their bodies… We don’t see it here. They know (how to) dance.”

Yadav, trying to clarify said that his comments were misinterpreted; he meant that, “There are more dusky women in India and in the world… I can discuss the issue with anyone; we are in favour of Indian culture.”

Taking an offence to Yadav’s comment HRD minister Smriti Irani said that the leader should not comment on the complexion of women. “I appeal through you (chair) to the gentleman, do not make comments about the colour of any woman’s skin. You (Sharad Yadav) are a senior member, a very wrong message is going to the rest of the country,” she said.

Howver, Yadav was unapologetic and responded saying: “I strongly refute the allegation.”
“From Gandhi to Lohia, I have all the record of what has been said about women. A lot of struggle has been done for women with dark complexion,” he said.

There has been a long struggle against discrimination based on colour… I am ready to participate in a debate any time,” said Yadav.

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Quota Reservation Bill Moved in Rajya Sabha

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till afternoon following protests by opposition members amidst a demand that the Constitution bill providing for upper castes reservation be sent to a Select Committee for detailed consideration even as the government sought to push ahead with its passage on the last day of the winter session on Wednesday.

With Lok Sabha having passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) bill providing for 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections among the general category in government service and higher educational institutions, Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot moved it for consideration in the upper House.

CPI member D. Raja, who objected to the consideration of the bill, demanded that it be sent to a Select Committee and the House should first take a decision on it.

Madhusudhan Mistry of Congress said the Bill was not complete and told the government that it cannot have both introduction and voting on the same day. He asked what was the urgency in the passage of the Bill.

Members were also protesting against the “unilateral” extension of the session till Wednesday saying it was done without consulting the opposition. They said the Chair did not announce a day’s extension in the working days of the House nor did it seek the members’ consent.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the Congress was raising technical issues to stall the Bill. “If you openly oppose the Bill, it is different. Otherwise, let’s have a discussion on it as it has already been introduced,” he said.

Quota reservation bill moved in Rajya Sabha.

Moving the Bill, Gehlot said the Constitution does not allow reservation on economic basis and due to that poor people in general category miss out on opportunities.

“There was a complaint by poor of the general category that they could not avail of government benefits. The decision has been taken after much consideration. This bill will uplift the poor,” he said.

He appealed to the members to pass the bill unanimously. This was followed by the start of the debate by BJP member Prabhat Jha. But as shouting and uproar continued, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House till 2 p.m.

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The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day too, the House was adjourned once up to noon after protests by members on the “unilateral” extension. (IANS)