New Delhi, April 1: The controversial BJP leader and Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh on Wednesday made shameful and racist remarks against the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but later on expressed regret for making such statements.
According to reports, Singh, while talking to media-persons in Hajipur in Vaishali district of Bihar, "What if (former PM) Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she was not white skinned, then would Congress have accepted her as the party chief?"
"If Congress had been in power and Rahul Gandhi was the prime minister, then for some reason, he would have disappeared for 43-47 days, what would have happened? The entire Budget session got over but where is Rahul Gandhi?", he asked.
"The absence of Rahul Gandhi is like the disappearance of a Malaysian plane which has still not been located. Nobody is ready to represent Congress. This is unfortunate for the Congress and a joke for the country", he further said.
As per ANI report, Giriraj Singh said, "During off record sessions, many things are said. If Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi are hurt by my statements, I regret what I said."
Meanwhile, Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh said, "Action must be taken against him, The government must hold accountability."
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The Congress strongly deprecates and condemns the intemperate and distasteful remarks of Union Minister Giriraj Singh bordering on insanity.
It appears that continuous quest to appease Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made him lose his balance. Such remarks are reflective of lack of moral fiber in BJP and its cadre."
Other political parties also condemned the appalling comment by 62-year-old Giriraj Singh.