NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal sparked off a controversy when he compared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a widow.
On Friday, the Samajwadi Party leader while taking a jibe at the BJP said: 'There is a saying in my village that says when someone goes to take blessings from a 'widow', she asks the person to become like her. Similarly, the BJP is trying to make everybody like themselves.
Standing by his remark, Naresh Agarwal today asserted that his statement was used as an idiom to throw light on the BJP's trends.
"I have not said anything wrong. I used the idiom as an example. I did not aim my comment on any one person, I said it in reference to the entire BJP. Modi, himself, attacks Mulayam Singh and calls the Prime Minister a chor (thief). He calls our leaders corrupt. So, it is them who are targetting individuals, not us," Agarwal said in his defence.
"I have not used unparliamentary language. I always use parliamentary language. What I have said is correct and I maintain my stand," he added.
Earlier today, National Commission of Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said the commission would send a notice to Agarwal to explain his indecent remark about women.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Saturday urged political parties to maintain decency and civility in the lead-up to the 2014 elections.
"I am absolutely against what Naresh Agarwal has said yesterday. To launch a personal attack on a particular person in this kind of way by using indecent language is unacceptable. Political leaders should maintain some balance. Politics should be civilized," Joshi said.