JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Wednesday stirred controversy with his remarks in Patna while addressing a gathering of people. Yadav, in a video released by ANI, is heard and seen as saying â€œbeti ki izzat se vote ki izzat badi haiâ€ which translates to â€œthe honour of vote comes above the honour of daughter/sâ€.
Sooner he took a U-turn from his statement reiterating that â€œone should equally honour votes and daughters.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t say anything wrong, we should honour votes as we love and honour our daughters, only then the government and country will succeed togetherâ€, he added.
The bizarre set of remarks comes at a time when five states are scheduled to go for Assembly Elections 2017.
The comparison drawn between the two, in his own words, implicitly means that â€œif daughterâ€™s honour is compromised, it only affects the village or community but if the voteâ€™s honour is compromised, it impacts the entire nationâ€.
Yadav is currently a member of Rajya Sabha and has also served as JD(U) president. His party, after forming an alliance with RJD and Congress, came to power in Bihar in 2015.