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Oct 02, 2012 at 05:57pm IST

NCW attacks Jaiswal over sexist remark, minister says he's ready to apologise

New Delhi: Women groups are up in arms over Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal's controversial comments with the National Commission for Women saying that the minister must apologise for his remarks. Taking cognisance of it, the Congress has also asked the Union Coal Minister to clarify his comments.

Criticising Jaiswal over his comments, NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said, "The statement is very unfortunate. We will write a letter to Prime Minister and high command…we demand his apology."

The Bharatiya Janata Party also took the opportunity to attack the Congress leader. BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman slammed Jaiswal saying, "We can judge the standard of Congress on the basis of these utterances, how low can they go."

This comes after women BJP workers burnt the effigy of the Union Coal Minister and deface his posters as well.

Reacting to the attacks on him, the Union Minister said he had no intention to hurt any sentiments, but was ready to apologise if his comments had hurt anyone.

Speaking to CNN0-IBN, Jaiswal said, "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."

"The context of my statement should not be twisted…there won’t be any complaint if the statement is seen in proper context," he added.

He said that his statement's context and word should not be deleted adding that if still anyone was hurt, he would apologise.

Addressing a gathering in Kanpur on Monday, the Union Minister was congratulating the people on Indian cricket team’s win over Pakistan at the twenty-twenty world cup.

While talking about the win, the Coal Minister had said old wives lose charm over time.

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