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'Rashtrapatni' remark: Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sithraman demand apology from Congress, Sonia reacts

'Rashtrapatni' remark: Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sithraman demand apology from Congress, Sonia reacts

'Rashtrapatni' remark: Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sithraman demand apology from Congress, Sonia reacts
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By CNBCTV18.com Jul 28, 2022 12:58:34 PM IST (Updated)

Congress leader Adhir R Chowdhury said he "mistakenly" called President Droupadi Murmu "Rashtrapatni". Sonia Gandhi reacted to the row after Union ministers Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman demanded an apology.

Union ministers Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman demanded an apology from the Congress on Thursday over party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's 'Rashtrapatni' remark. The demand was raised in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively.

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury allegedly called President Droupadi Murmu "Rashtrapatni" on Wednesday. "It was a deliberate sexist insult. (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi should apologise to the President of India," Sitharaman said. While raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, she said 'Rashtrapti' is a "gender agnostic word" and that she thinks "it was not a slip of tongue but a deliberate ploy to insult the president".
Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, Smriti Irani accused Sonia Gandhi of "sanctioning the humiliation of Droupadi Murmu". She said, "Sonia ji sanctioned humiliation of a woman in the highest constitutional post...The Congress needs to apologise in Parliament and on the streets of India." Targeting the Congress, Irani said, "The country knows that Congress is anti-tribal, anti-Dalit and anti-women."
Congress reacts
Congress leader Adhir R Chowdhury said that he "mistakenly" called President Droupadi Murmu "Rashtrapatni". Sonia Gandhi also reacted to the row after Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman demanded an apology. Gandhi said, "He (Chowdhury) has already apologised".
Meanwhile, Sitharaman accused Gandhi of "misleading the country" and said, "Sonia Gandhi said that he has already apologised. She is misleading the country. AR Chowdhury has been claiming that there is no need to apologise."
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