New Delhi, Union Minister Giriraj Singh received waves of condemnation for his sexist and racist remarks against Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and was also pulled up by the BJP leadership, even though he later sought to downplay the issue by calling it ‘informal talk’.
The Minister was reportedly forced to express regrets for his offensive remarks after a call from BJP President Amit Shah who made it clear to him that “such language” was not acceptable. Party sources said Shah called Giriraj on telephone and made it clear in no uncertain terms that it was unbecoming of a minister to use such a language.
MoS in Modi government said, “If Soniaji and Rahulji are hurt by my comment, i express my regret”. He however didn’t tender an apology for the outrageous remarks.
Shah also asked the 63-year-old minister to “observe absolute restraint in public and in private” and stop embarrassing the party and the government, reported NDTV news website.
Earlier today, the minister sparked controversy when he asked if the Congress party would have accepted Sonia as its chief if the colour of his skin was not white.
“If Rajiv Gandhi would have married a Nigerian lady and not a white-skinned girl, then would Congress party have accepted her leadership?” Giriraj said at a press meet in Hajipur district of Bihar. As the issue snowballed into a major controversy, it drew strong objection not just from Congress but also other opposition parties. “Congress strongly deprecates and condemns the intemperate and distasteful remarks of Union Minister, Shri Giriraj Singh, bordering on insanity… Prime Minister must dismiss such a minister and apologise to the nation,” said Cong leader Randeep Surjewala.
The Nigerian High Commission took strong objection to the racist remarks by Union minister Giriraj Singh in which he refereed to a Nigerian woman and demanded an apology for the “unacceptable” comments.
Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria O B Okongor said a complaint may be filed with the External Affairs Ministry as Singh’s comments were in “very bad taste”. “We expect the minister to withdraw the comments and apologise to the Nigerian people. We will notify our government about the issue,” he said.(Source- www.newsroompost.com)