Theon Thursday accused the Congress of “demeaning” President and demanded its apology after its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury called her “rashtrapatni”.
Union minister Smriti Irani said Chowdhury used the term knowing well that it demeans Murmu and her office and is against India’s values.
The Congress should apologise to the President and the country, she told reporters.
“A tribal woman from a poor family who created history is being continuously demeaned by the Congress,” she told reporters.
Chowdhury is the leader of the Congress in theand used the remark while talking to the media during his party’s protests over a host of issues.
| BJP MPs in Parliament protest against Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, demand apology from him, on his ‘Rashtrapatni’ remark against President Droupadi Murmu in a video clip
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Irani alleged that the Congress has been targeting her “maliciously” ever since the BJP-led NDA named Murmu its presidential candidate, and said she was called a “puppet” and a “symbol of evil” by its leaders.
The attacks do not seem to stop even after her election to the highest constitutional office of the country, the BJP leader said.
Chowdhury’s comment is also demeaning to the rich tribal legacy she represents and to the poor who rise through hard work.
| “There is no question of apologising. I had mistakenly said ‘Rashtrapatni’…the ruling party in a deliberate design trying to make mountain out of a molehill,” says Congress MP Adhir R Chowdhury on his ‘Rashtrapatni’ remark against President Murmu
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The President is called “rashtrapati” in Hindi.
Murmu, India’s first tribal President, had led a life of struggle and represents the country’s aspirations from panchayat to Parliament, Irani said and charged that the Congress under its presidenthas repeatedly targeted women.