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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury apologises to President Murmu for ‘rashtrapatni’ comment, says it was ‘slip of tongue’

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday tendered an apology to President Droupadi Murmu over his “Rashtrapatni” comment for which he drew appreciable flak from the ruling BJP on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to the President, he wrote: “I’m writing to precise my remorse for having mistakenly used an incorrect phrase to explain the place you maintain. I guarantee you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologise and request you to simply accept the identical.”

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tenders apology to President Droupadi Murmu over “Rashtrapatni” comment.

“…I guarantee you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologise and request you to simply accept the identical,” reads his letter. pic.twitter.com/dM1shdVU2C

— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2022

After Chowdhury was heard referring to the President as “Rashtrapatni” in a video clip, the BJP, led by ministers Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha and Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha on Thursday protested vociferously, and sought an apology from each Chowdhury and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Within the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman stated calling the President “Rashtrapatni” was a “sexist insult” as a result of “Rasthrapati is a gender agnostic phrase.”

Accepting his mistake of referring to President Droupadi Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’, Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had on Thursday stated he’ll apologise to the President. He, nevertheless, hit out on the BJP, saying he won’t apologise to “these pakhandis” (hypocrites).

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