Racial coment on Sonia Gandhi: Matter ends as Giriraj clarified, says BJP

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New Delhi, April 2: The row over union Minister Giriraj Singh's remark on Congress president Sonia Gandhi's skin colour has ended as the minister has clarified, the BJP said on Thursday.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters: "Giriraj Singh has clarified about his comment, matter ends."

Matter ends as Giriraj clarified:BJP

Singh, who has stoked controversy in the past as well, told reporters in Patna on Tuesday that he wondered if former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a woman who was not white-skinned, would the Congress have accepted her as its president

"If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she wasn't white-skinned, would the Congress accept her as a leader," he said.

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Following the outrage triggered by his comment, Singh on Wednesday expressed regret and said his remarks were made during an off-the-record conversation.

"During off-the-record conversation, there is talk of different kinds. If Sonia ji or Rahul ji have been hurt by my remarks, I express regret," he said.


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