The coal minister's comments on wives irked women especially leaders of opposition parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani who demanded resignation from Jaiswal. Agitating women activists burnt Jaiswal's effigy in Kanpur on Tuesday, Oct 2.
National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Mamata Sharma also stated that they would send a letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi seeking strong actions against Jaiswal.
Meanwhile, Jaiswal said that he would tender his apology if "someone is hurt" over his remark. Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari also stated, "Since Mr Jaiswal has explained and apologised, the matter should rest there."
Attending a function organised for poets in Kapur, Jaiswal said, "wives and victories lose its charm when it become old." His remarks surfaced following Team India's victory against Pakistan in T20 Cricket World Cup on Sep 30.
However, the coal minister defended himself saying, "I gave the comments when celebrations began. I told the organisers to stop the Kavi Sammelan and begin once the celebrations are over as after a victory gets old, there is no fun," and also added, "The context of my statement should not be twisted...there won't be any complaint if the statement is seen in proper context."
Now, it would be interesting to see how Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would react against Jaiswal's derogatory remarks against women.