Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav made a controversial remark in Patna, Bihar on January 24 while addressing a gathering of people. In a video released by news agency ANI, Yadav is heard saying “beti ki izzat se vote ki izzat badi hai” which translates to “the honour of vote comes above the honour of daughter/s”.
“Wo thik hone mein ye jo ballot paper hai, yaad rakho iske baare mein sab jagah bade paimane pe batane or samjhane ki jarurat hai. Ye beti ki izzat se bhi vote ki izzat badhi hai. Beti ki izzat jaegi, toh gaon or mohalle ki izzat jaegi. Aur vote ek bar bik gaya, or ek baar gadbad hogaya toh ilake ki, desh ki aabaroo or aane wala sapna kabhi poora nahi hoga,” Yadav said.
Yadav’s bizarre reason to make a comparison between the two, in his own words, is that “if daughter’s honour is compromised, it only affects the village or community but if the vote’s honour is compromised, it impacts the entire nation”.
Sharad Yadav has also served as the president of JD(U) and currently a member of Rajya Sabha. His party, after forming an alliance with RJD and Congress, came to power in Bihar in 2015.
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2017