Accepting his mistake of referring to President Droupadi Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’, Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Thursday stated he’ll apologise to the President. He, nonetheless, hit out on the BJP, saying he won’t apologise to “these pakhandis” (hypocrites).
Whereas acknowledging his mistake, Chowdhury acknowledged that he’s a Bengali and isn’t used to Hindi. He additional stated the time period was used solely as soon as by mistake and that he by no means meant any disrespect to the President.
“I inadvertently used the phrase ‘rashtrapatni’ simply as soon as and it was a slip of the tongue. I by no means meant any disrespect to the President,” he advised reporters exterior Parliament, a day after making the comment. “What ought to I do? I stated it and realised I uttered a improper phrase. I even appeared for mediapersons to request them to not concentrate on it. Nonetheless, I couldn’t discover them.”
The clarification got here because the BJP stalled each Homes of Parliament and requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi to apologise to the nation.
The Congress chief additionally stated that he has sought time from President Murmu on Saturday and can apologise to her if she has been offended by his inadvertent feedback. Chowdhury additionally alleged that the BJP was making a “mountain out of a molehill” over the difficulty.
Chowdhury’s remarks got here after he held a gathering with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in her workplace in Parliament over the difficulty.
Following the Congress MP’s ‘rashtrapatni’ comment, the BJP Thursday criticised the Congress for “demeaning the ladies and tribals of India” and demanded an apology from Chowdhury.
(With PTI inputs)