DIMAPUR, March 3 - Nagaland Opposition leader TR Zeliang has apologised for his alleged “sexist remark” during the recently-concluded session of Nagaland Assembly.
The senior NPF leader in his remark during a debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, on February 25 in the Assembly said “some men can please two girls, but no man can serve two masters”.
In a statement on Saturday, Zeliang said the phrase he had uttered was in “good vein” as humorous description of events or topics under discussion was a normal practice and known to all members of the Assembly.
He said it was never intended to hurt the sentiments of any section of the society, particularly women.
“However, if it has hurt the feelings of any section of the society, I apologise and retract my statement,” he said.
The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party’s women organisation on Thursday demanded that Zeliang offer a public apology to all women and retract his remark made in the Assembly.
According to the women’s wing, such “callous and insensitive language” was not only unbecoming of a person of the stature of a leader of Opposition, who was also a former Chief Minister, but also a “direct insult and degrading” to all women.
“When people the world over, including in India and Nagaland, are trying to fight against molestation, harassment and assault on women, we have a people’s leader who is making such remarks in a House of law makers,” the women wing of the ruling party exclaimed.