Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday sent a written letter to President of India Droupadi Murmu, apologizing for his “Rashtrapatni” remark.
Trouble emerged in both houses of the parliament that progressed into an ugly verbal spat between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Union Minister. During a price rise protest in Jantar Mantar, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had addressed Murmu as “Rashtrapatni”.
The women leaders of the BJP protested in Lok Sabha on Thursday, demanding a public apology by Sonia Gandhi and Congress members.
On Friday, the Chief Ministers of various BJP-ruled states slammed the Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury for using ‘slang’ against newly appointed President Droupadi Murmu. They also demanded an apology from the MP and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and called for boycotting the Congress party.
The President is called Rashtrapati in Hindi. Droupadi Murmu is the first tribal president of India and the second woman President. On Thursday, Chowdhury had cited his calling Murmu the ‘Rashtrapatni’ to language barriers. “I am a Bengali, not used to Hindi; I made a mistake, I agree,”
Further Chowdhury accused the BJP of making a “mountain out of a molehill” when protests from BJP leaders in the parliament adjourned both houses twice till 2 pm and 4 pm. He said referring to President Droupadi Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’ was a “slip of the tongue”.
Minister of Women and Child Development of India Smriti Irani, who recently had faced the heat of Opposition after reports emerged that her 18-year-old daughter operated an illegal bar in South Goa, confronted Sonia Gandhi in the parliament, which furious Congress leaders said was an ‘attack on their party chief’.
The Congress needs to apologise in Parliament and on the streets of India, Smriti Irani said adding that despite being led by a woman, Sonia Gandhi, Congressmen continue to demean the women in constitutional posts.