Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury Rashtrapatni comment, while referring to newly elected president Droupadi Murmu, has invited severe flak from the opposition party. Several BJP ministers have demanded an apology, as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has bashed MP Adhir Chowdhury for his ‘sexist’ remark on the president.
MP Adhir Chowdhury is facing serious backlash from BJP ministers for referring to President Droupadi Murmu as “Rashtrapatni”, in a video of a Lok Sabha meeting that surfaced online. Amidst the controversy, MP Chowdhury stated that it was a mistake, a slip of the tongue, and the BJP ministers are finding ways to target him, and making a mountain out of a molehill. He also stated that he wouldn’t be apologising to the BJP saying, “Will I be hanged now for that one word? Hang me then.”
However, denying his clarifications of it being a mistake, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that it was a deliberate move by congress ministers, to insult the newly elected President. She said, “It is a sexist comment and the Congress leadership should apologise.”
Nirmala Sitharaman Bashes Adhir Chowdhury Rashtrapatni Comment.
The comment has sparked major controversy as BJP lawmakers have now staged a protest outside Parliament gates. In a Rajya Sabha meeting held after, union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused Sonia Gandhi of “allowing” Adhir Chowdhury to refer to the President as ‘Rashtrapatni’ and demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi along with Chowdhury. She stated that while the ‘Rashtrapatni’ comment is sexist and derogatory to the President, it is also an insult to the people of India.
Following this, union minister Smriti Irani also slammed Congress for the commens made on the President of India and demanded an apology stating that the Congress party continues to demean women in constitutional posts. Other BJP ministers like Amit Malviya have also stood in solidarity with Nirmala Sitharaman stating that MP Adhir Chowdhury’s comment “was not just sexist but reeked of disdain for a Tribal woman, who has risen from a modest background to the highest office of land”. When asked about the opposition’s demand for an apology, Congress minister Sonia Gandhi said that MP Adhir Chowdhury had already apologised.
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