The BJP has flayed Samjwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his comment on Tuesday that the Women’s Reservation Bill would bring into Parliament women who would be whistled at.
“If he says such things, his own bahu (daughter-in-law) may stop respecting him,” said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
“He had no idea what he was saying; a leader of such stature should never have made such a statement. Women are women, whatever class or region or family they come from.”
The reference was to Yadav’s daughter-in-law Dimple, who fought and lost a Lok Sabha bypoll against Congress’ Raj Babbar. SP, however, defended its chief’s action and said there was no question of any apology.
“Ladke cinema hall mein citi bajate hai, to kya yeh mahilaon ke khilaf hai? (Boys whistle in cinema halls, is that against women?),” SP Leader of Opposition in Upper House Ahmad Hasan said, defending Yadav.
Hasan said jobless youth unable to reach Parliament and state legislature would “resort to whistling on the streets”.