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“Rashtrapatni” Controversy: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary Denies Allegation, by Terming It a Small Mistake


The BJP slammed Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary for calling President Draupadi Murmu ‘Rasthrapatni’. Women BJP MPs particularly led the protests, saying that Congress needs to apologise in the parliament as well as to the people of India on the streets, for defaming the honourable president.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till noon over protests against Adhir Chowdhury’s comment. The issue was raised inside Parliament as women MPs, including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman protested against Chowdhary’s words.

BJP MP Smriti Irani said, “Adhir Chowdhury addressed her as Rashtrapatni knowing well that this humiliates the highest constitutional post. The country knows that the Congress is anti-tribal, anti-Dalit, and anti-women.”

Congress has targeted Droupadi Murmu ever since she became the presidential nominee, Smriti Irani said. 

Smriti Irani

Credits: Hindustan Times

Amit Malviya, National Convenor of BJP’s IT Cell slammed Mr. Chowdhary for hurting the social identities of President Murmu and even shared the video wherein Mr. Chowdhary can be seen making the comments.

However, Adhir Chowdhary said that it was a mistake and he did not call Droupadi Murmu ‘rashtrapatni’ deliberately.“There is no question of apologising. I had mistakenly said ‘Rashtrapatni’,” he told reporters. The Congress leader went on to attack the BJP for a “deliberate design trying to make mountain out of a molehill.” Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi commented on the issue that, “He has already apologised.”

President Murmu has been in the limelight even before she was sworn in. While BJP has used her as their trump card, projecting her woman and tribal identities, the opposition and critics had said she would be a ‘rubberstamp’ for the ruling party.

References: The Hindustan times, Times Now, Twitter

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