Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday criticized Congress over party leader Adhir Rajan Chowdhury who referred to President Droupadi Murmu as “rashtrapatni” and asked whether party chief Sonia Gandhi agreed with party leader’s comments.
“Congress leader Adhir Ranjan has insulted the highest office in the country with his statement. This is an expression of the worst mentality of him and his party. His statement is anti-tribal, anti-women. The president is not from any party, but for the entire country,” Mr Chouhan said in a tweet.
का सर्वोच्च पद है। किसी दल के नहीं होते, राष्ट्रपति पूरे देश के होते हैं। लेकिन कांग्रेस के नेता अधीर रंजन चौधरी ने जिस निकृष्ट मानसिकता व घटियापन का परिचय दिया है वह अक्षम्य है। के राष्ट्रपति का अपमान किया है। pic.twitter.com/7V9bkjfjup
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 28, 2022
“The country will never forgive Congress. I want to ask Sonia Gandhi if she agrees with Chowdhury’s comments,” he added.
Mr Chowdhury’s “rashtrapatni” comments about President Murmu sparked a political storm on Thursday with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha facing disruptions.
In the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Smriti Irani lashed out at Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and asked for an apology.
She also attacked Sonia Gandhi over Mr Chowdhury’s comments claiming that the Congress leader “approved of President Murmu’s humiliation” and asked for an apology.
In Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi.
Smriti Irani claimed congressmen and leaders “continue to humiliate the office of the President of India”
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary told media he had used the term “Rashtrapatni” incorrectly, alleging that the ruling party was deliberately trying to turn a molehill into a mountain.
“I can’t even think of insulting the president. It was just a mistake. If the president felt bad, I’ll meet her in person and apologize. They can hang me if they want. I’m ready to be punished but why is she (Sonia Gandhi) dragged into this?” he asked.
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