CPI (M) central committee member and Left Democratic Front convener A Vijayaraghan has landed in trouble for a derogatory remark against United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate and Congress leader Remya Haridas, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Alathur constituency.
Vijayaraghavan had made the comment while addressing a convention of LDF candidate P V Anwar in Ponnani on Monday.
On Tuesday, Haridas, a Dalit woman, moved a police complaint against Vijayaraghavan, seeking that a case be registered against the CPI (M) leader.
The daughter of a daily wage worker, Haridas said she has reached this stage after fighting against heavy odds. “He (Vijayaraghavan) should remember that I too have a father and a mother. Those who are raising renaissance slogans should not behave with women in this manner. This is not an accidental statement, but a planned one. No other woman should not face such a situation in future. Hence, I have moved a complaint with the police,” she said.
Two days ago, Vijayaraghavan made a similar sexist comment while referring to Haridas at a function in Kozhikode.
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As protests against his derogatory statements evoked widespread protests in Kerala, Vijayaraghavan tendered an apology, saying he never intended to hurt any person. “Hurting someone is not my approach. I had no intention to insult Haridas or Kunhalikutty. My statements were misconstrued in a manner to create misunderstanding. I want that more women should come to public sphere,” he said.