New Delhi: Amid outrage by the BJP over Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s comment referring to President Droupadi Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday (July 28) slammed the chief and demanded apology from the grand outdated get together. Calling the comment “most shameful and condemnable”, the previous Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister informed Congress to shun its “casteist mindset”.
“The spectacular election of Droupadi Murmuji as the primary girl from the tribal society to the very best submit of the President of India has not been preferred by many… The objectionable comment made towards her by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chief of Congress in Lok Sabha, may be very unhappy, shameful and extremely condemnable,” Mayawati wrote in a tweet.
“The proceedings of Parliament have additionally been disrupted in the present day resulting from protests towards him referring to the honourable President as ‘rashtrapatni’ on TV… The Congress get together also needs to apologise to the nation for this and abandon its casteist mindset,” the BSP chief added.
A row erupted after Chowdhury referred to Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’ whereas speaking to mediapersons, resulting in BJP focusing on the Congress. BJP MPs protested towards the comment and created uproar in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Speaking to reporters outdoors Parliament, Chowdhury stated referring to Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’ was a “slip of the tongue” and accused the BJP of creating a “mountain out of a molehill” over the difficulty. “I am unable to even consider insulting the President. It was only a mistake. If the President felt dangerous, I’ll personally meet her & apologise. They will cling me if they need. I’m able to get punished however why is she (Sonia Gandhi) being dragged on this?” he requested.
Demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress additionally accused BJP MPs of subjecting Sonia Gandhi to “brutal heckling, verbal assault and bodily intimidation”. As per PTI, a face-off between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani within the Lok Sabha chamber occurred including gas to the raging concern over Chowdhury’s comment.
(With company inputs)