"I completely disagree with the comment. As the member to withdraw the comment," he urged the chair. Trying to clarify, Yadav said his comments were misinterpreted.
"There are more dusky women in India and in the world... I can discuss the issue with anyone, we are in favour of Indian culture."
Irani, responding sharply, said the member (Yadav) should not comment on the complexion of women in any way. "I appeal through you (chair) to the gentleman, do not make comments about the colour of any woman's skin. You (Yadav) are a senior member, a very wrong message is going to the rest of the country," she said. Yadav responded by saying: "I strongly refute the allegation."
"From (Mahatma) Gandhi to (Ram Manohar) Lohia, I have all the record of what has been said about women. A lot of struggle has been done for women with dark complexion," he said, to which Irani responded by saying: "Please don't do this. Naming Lohia and Gandhi and commenting on women." Kanimozhi joined Irani in her protest against Yadav. "Women from all parties are together, we demand a regret on it," she said. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said he would not allow a discussion on the issue.
"White complexion or dark complexion, it is all the same, I am not allowing a discussion on this," Kurien said. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the issue should not be discussed as it will get more complicated.
Yadav, however, said he was ready for a discussion. "There has been a long struggle against discrimination based on colour... I am ready to participate in a debate any time," he said. Women leaders on Monday slammed the JD-U leader outside the house also.
Kanimozhi said: "The issue is why women's body and colour was being discussed in a such a derogatory way in parliament."
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat said: "The time has now come for a code of conduct for our members of parliament and that should be very strict as far as use of languages is concerned. These are senior leaders and what they say influences people.
"It is shocking that none of the other MPs said a word," she said. Yadav, however, decided to brazen it out by humming a popular song -- "Mora Gora Rang Laile" -- from 1960s Bimal Roy-directed film "Bandini" to justify his point.