Kasaragod: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president K Sudhakaran on Thursday apologised for his controversial statement against Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 

Sudhakaran made a provocative statement during the UDF meeting organised in Kasargod district on Wednesday. He said in a speech that the chief minister is 'worse than women' in taking decisions.

"When Pinarayi Vijayan assumed power, I thought he would do something like a man, but as it turned out, he proved he is worse than women," said Sudhakaran in the meeting. 

His comments drew much flak and ire from people who protested his sexist remarks.

The row caused by his remarks, caused the leader to explain his statement on Thursday. Sudhakaran said that he was misquoted, and that he meant to say ‘women activists’ (who guise themselves as devotees) and not women as a whole in society. “I apologise if the statement has hurt anybody,” he said.

In previous statements, the Congress leader Sudhakaran said that a lady who is menstruating is considered as impure. He also said that this is a belief, which came before the Indian Constitution was made. 

Meanwhile, a case was been registered against a Kerala woman, for abusing chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with casteist slur. Later, a video surfaced where the same woman could be seen seeking an apology. 

Sunil Kumar of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) filed the complaint against Maniyamma of Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. This incident came to light when the protests were in full swing against the Supreme Court verdict on women's entry into Sabarimala temple. 

The state government's policy of enforcing the verdict of the Supreme Court on Sabarimala temple has invited the wrath of many citizens in and around Kerala.