NEW DELHI: Days after his controversial comments against HRD Minister Smiriti Irani, the Janata Dal United (JDU) Chief Sharad Yadav on Wednesday expressed regret, saying he respected her and had defended her earlier.
“I regret that happened. I respect her,” said Yadav in Rajya Sabha after the Leader of the House Arun Jaitley a "very improper impression" had been created in the media on Yadav's remarks during a discussion in the House two days ago.
Jaitley urged Yadav to clarify his remarks and put the controversy to rest as media has reported quoting him as telling the Minister "I know what kind of person you are."
After expressing regret, Yadav also said he had been the first person to defend Irani when the controversy over her degrees had erupted.
Yadav further said, he holds two women ministers in the BJP-led government - Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Irani, in high esteem.
A major controversy had broken out late last week after Yadav had commented on the complexion of South Indian women in the Rajya Sabha.
(With PTI Inputs)