Union minister Smriti Irani took a dig at senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Friday, asking what would have been the position of women had a politician like him been part of the drafting committee of the Constitution.
“I think it is paradoxical that Sharadji, a very senior parliamentarian, yet again told me ‘sit down, sit down. Imagine if such a politician was a part of the drafting committee,” Irani said.
Participating in a debate on commitment to the Constitution in the Rajya Sabha, Irani said as a woman in India, she celebrated the fact that females in the country had the right to vote, which was not the case in many countries around the world.
“But imagine, as the Leader of the House said, what kind of restrictions such a senior parliamentarian would have imposed on a woman like me while this (Constitution) was being drafted. Would I have been told ‘you have dark complexion, so you don’t have the right to vote?’ Would I have been told ‘you have short hair, you have no right to vote?’,” Irani said, referring to a previous controversy over Yadav’s remark about her.
A major controversy had broken out in March this year after Yadav commented on the complexion of women from south India.
“I see that some are disturbed by what I say. But apart from the social realities that were counted in this very House today, this also is a reality we must embrace, for the victims of such reality do not reside only outside this House, but we have witnessed this in this very House,” she said.