Thiruvananthapuram: Former Congress leader and media critic Cherian Philip has kicked up a row with his sexist remarks on party's women ticket seekers.
Philip,a former aide of senior congress leader A K Antony on Sunday said that women in the Congress party had to perform sexual favours to get ticket to contest elections, triggering protest from protests from women politicians cutting across party lines.
In a Facebook post, Philip made the remarks against women contestants while lauding the 'shirtless' protest taken out by some youth Congress activists in Thrissur recently after they were denied tickets to contest the local body polls next month.
The protest by youth Congress workers was a new model of protest which can be followed. However, this form of protest had been earlier carried out secretly by some women Congress workers and they managed to get tickets," he had stated.
When his remarks kicked up a storm, Philip in another post, denied that the comments were 'anti-women' and said it was intended to point fingers at men who exploit women.
"I have not made any anti-women comments nor insulted women. I have always respected them. I had pointed fingers at some men who exploit women and insult the female community as a whole," he said.
Attacking Philip for his remarks, Kerala PCC President V M Sudheeran, said he should apologise and withdraw the post immediately.
"He should not have said this and should withdraw the controversial remarks and apologise to women and general public," Sudheeran said.
Mahila Congress leaders Bindu Krishna and Shanimol Usman said the remarks were an "insult" to all women. Bindu Krishna said they were also contemplating legal action against him.
CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP and AIDWA leader T N Seema demanded that Cherian Philip withdraw the remarks immediately and apologise to the women community.