Patna, April 01: Union Minister Giriraj Singh drew flak for his controversial remark on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her skin colour asking the national party whether they would have accepted her as the party chief if her skin had not been white.
The leader while talking to media at Hajipur in Bihar on Tuesday said, "If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian lady and she was not white, would the Congress have accepted her as its chief"?
In another remarks, he criticised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his long absence in the House. He said, "If Congress was in power, and Rahul was the Prime Minister, for some reason he would disappear for long days, what would have happened?"
"The Budget session is over but Rahul is not here. His absence is similar to the disappearance of the Malasiyan airline that went on missing and still was not found. Congress is the main opposition party in the House and its leader is on holiday during the budget session. Nobody knows his whereabouts", Giriraj said.
However, the minister expressed his regret for his controversial remarks. His supporters clarified that the statements were "off the record" and not the part of the media interaction.
Reacting to the statements, Congress said that such comments are derogatory not only to the party but to all the women. The party demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for the racist remark made by his minister Giriraj Singh.
Senior Congress leader RPN Singh tweeted, "Strongly condemn sexist & racist remarks made by Minister Giriraj Singh referring to Smt Sonia Gandhi. Does the Prime Minister support him?"