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Amar Singh faces wrath over Sonia comments

india Updated: Jul 10, 2008 00:37 IST
Amar Singh faces wrath of women’s groups over Sonia comments

Not new to controversy, Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh finds himself in soup again over his comment regarding the political meeting of different leaders with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Six women’s organizations have sought a retraction and public apology from Singh for using words like “suhagraat” (wedding night) and “balaatkar” (rape) to describe Sonia’s meetings with the leaders from different political parties.

Singh had used these words on Tuesday when reporters had asked him about the contradiction in his current and earlier statements regarding the Congress chief.

The organizations — representing women leaders from the Congress, the Left parties and the BJP —termed his language as “sexist” and said it was highly “objectionable, condemnable and unacceptable”.

In a statement, the women leaders said Singh’s remark was totally unbefitting of a political leader occupying a responsible position. They also called on all democratic organizations and individuals to condemn acts of verbal abuse.