NEW DELHI: Former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti today created a flutter by saying that "beautiful women" would be able to go out at midnight provided AAP government takes over policing system in the national capital.
"I am fully confident that if Delhi government is given full freedom (over security), beautiful women will be able to go out even after midnight without any fear.
"We will provide a fully-secure Delhi..." Somnath Bharti said during a discussion on setting up of 'Commission of Inquiry' in the Delhi Assembly here.
Bharti's comment evoked sharp reaction from both BJP and Congress.
"It is absolutely disgusting and derogatory towards women, but it is not surprising coming from someone who defied law even when he was law minister. It really shows his attitude," DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said.
Senior BJP leader Vijendra Gupta, who is Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, said that it is "highly objectionable remark" of the AAP leader.
"The remark shows what he thinks about women. It is highly objectionable remark of Bharti. He made a comment in presence of Chief Minister who did not stop him from using such words for women," Gupta said.