On asking him why he mentioned his daughters as a liability in the election affidavit, he said,"Unmarried daughters are a liability to their fathers. My daughters are a burden on me." On cross-questioning what he exactly meant when he said that, the politician corrected himself saying "they are studying now and need to be married off. So, obviously they are a burden on me."
This has attracted criticism from several quarters, including human rights activists. Annie Raja said,"Due to this attitude Congress is facing defeats everywhere." Defending the party was Shafiq Baig who said that these were Bhat's personal opinions and did not have anything to do with the party ideologies. He further added that the matter will be brought up at future meetings and action will be taken.
Now, speculations are rife that his nomination may be cancelled.
Meanwhile, another controversial comment against women was made by the Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) vice-chancellor who restricted the female students of the university from the libraries as they attract unwanted attention from boys. Targetting the diktat, activist Annie Raja said,"Library is meant for everyone, VC has no right to sit on that post."
The move was also criticized by Rashid Alvi from Congress, who said,"Such statements do not suit a VC, such statements are unfortunate."