Sharad Yadav

JD(U) president was recently at the centre of a controversy over his comments on south Indian women but Yadav remained defiant, saying he was only praising their beauty.

"The body of women from south is as good as beautiful they are. They (women) in our region are not that good as those (in south) know dancing," Yadav, a best Parliamentarian awardee, had said in Rajya Sabha during a debate on Insurance Bill.

Digvijay Singh

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh stirred up a row after calling fellow party leader Meenakshi Natarajan 'a 100 percent tunch maal'.

Singh also said that he knew this because he was an experienced person. "Main purana johari hoon' (I am an experienced jeweler)," he said amid thumping applause from the audience.

Sanjay Nirupam

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had made a derogatory remarks during a debate on a news channel on the Gujarat Assembly election results. The Congress MP questioned the credentials of Irani to analyse poll results given her background as a TV actress.

He said "till some time ago you were dancing on the TV screens and now you have become a psephologist."

Mulayam Singh Yadav

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav kicked up a row with his remark that rural women will not benefit from the Women Reservation Bill because they are not as attractive as those from the affluent class.

"Bade bade gharon ki ladkiya aur mahilayan kewal upar ja sakti hain...yaad rakhna...apko mauka nahi milega..hamare gaon ki mahila me akarshan itna nahin...,"(Only girls and women from affluent class can go forward...remember (rural women) will not get a chance...Our rural women did not have that much attraction)," he had said at a rally in Barabanki.

Abhijit Mukherjee

Congress MP and President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee stoked controversy by saying that women protesting against gang rape in Delhi are like 'pink revolution' and have no idea of ground reality.

He also said that the students think it is a fashion statement to hold candles and protest.

“What's basically happening in Delhi is something like pink revolution, which has very little connection with ground realities. Those who are coming in the name of students in the rallies are sundori sundori mahila (beautiful women), highly dented and painted. Women protesting in Delhi have no contact with the ground reality. In India, it is fashionable to attend protest march,” Abhijit said in an interview.

Sriprakash Jaiswal

While speaking at a poetry meet, Jaiswal had said that the women lose their charm after a few years of marriage.

"Nai nai jeet aur nai shadi ka apna alag mahatva hota hai. Jaise jaise samay bitega jeet ki yaden purani hoti jaengi. Jaise jaise samay bitata hai patni purani hoti jati hai, wah maja nahi reh jata hai," said Jaiswal at a women's college.

Farooq Abdullah

Senior National Conference  leader Farooq Abdullah triggered a row by saying that the situation is so bad that he is afraid of speaking to women these days.

Referring to the recent indictment of former SC judge Justice AK Ganguly by the SC panel, Abdullah said, "These days, I am afraid of talking to women. In fact I don't even want to keep a woman secretary, god forbid, if there's a complaint against me and I end up in jail."

Babulal Gaur

BJP leader Babulal Gaur had stoked a controversy by defending the UP government.

“Rapists never reveal their intention and in such circumstance what can Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP chief Mulayam Singh do?” said Babulal Gaur.

“We can take action in such cases only when it is reported,” he added, questioning what somebody will get by making statements against the UP government.

Gaur also asked women to become strong enough to teach a lesson to those who attempt such crimes.

Vayalar Ravi

Congress leader Vayalar Ravi came under severe criticism for his sexist remarks against a woman journalist during an interview in Thiruvananthapuram.

Ravi, while reply to a query on the alleged role of Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P.J. Kurien in the Suryanelli gang rape case, had asked the journalist from a local TV channel if she too had faced an experience like the Suryanelli gang rape victim with Kurien.

"Don't worry, nothing will happen to you," he said and went on to ask "did he (Kurien) do something to you?"

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