New Delhi(ANI): Controversial BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh made a racist comment on Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, asking if the Congress party would have accepted her if she had not been white-skinned.
"If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian or if she (Sonia) wasn't white skinned, would Congress accept her as a leader?" said the BJP MP from Bihar during a meeting in Hajipur.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, "When the mukhia of a party is guilty of targetting opposition leader with cheap personal attacks then can Giriraj Singh be far behind? Shame."
Congress leader and former minister of state for home RPN Singh demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should publicly apologise for Giriraj Singh’s racist remark.
“I strongly condemn the derogatory remarks used by a Union Minister against Smt. Sonia Gandhi. It is not just derogatory to Sonia Gandhi, but to the all women of this country. I think it has become a habit with BJP ministers to make these kinds of outlandish remarks. It is time for the Prime Minister who keeps saying that these kinds of remarks should not be made, but every week we had a remark made by some MP or some minister in the government. We seek apology from the Prime Minister,” he told ANI.
Reacting to Singh's comment, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said, " This is a very derogatory remark and in full contempt for working women, this is racist. In our country there is no code of conduct which can control such remarks, it's unfortunate."
Earlier, before the general elections, Giriraj Singh has stirred up a controversy saying that those opposing the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would have to go to Pakistan after the Lok Sabha election.
A day ago, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar allegedly advised the agitating nurses that they should not stage hunger strike in the sun because it will make them 'dark' and 'ruin their marital prospects'.
Singh, also faced severe criticism on social media for his comment.