Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said he had not made any demeaning statement with regard to women.
"This is an image that vote and daughter, both are a matter of honour. I didn't say anything demeaning. Everyone's perspective is different but those who are taking it wrongly are misleading others as well. It is not appropriate," Yadav said.
He added that as daughters are loved by their parents, likewise the vote is also as valuable to the people. Only then will society and the nation flourish under a good government.
"Votes are like engines of the Constitution, they are the driving force. The society's wellbeing depends on votes. Therefore, love and affection towards the vote and daughters should be similar," he said.
Yadav had made a comment on daughters at a public gathering in Patna. He said that "the honour of a vote is more important than that of a daughter," raising the hackles of many.
Yadav was speaking on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur.