Mumbai, April 2: A day after BJP MP Giriraj Singh made racist remarks against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, protests erupted in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru [Racial comment: Congress workers protest outside Giriraj's residence]
But amidst all these protests Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam made a comment that may backrife Congress's protests against Giriraj Singh.
While speaking to reporters, Nirupam said that he condemned Singh's statements against Sonia Gandhi but also defended his statements on Smriti Irani that he made in 2012 during a television debate.
Nirupam, who sported black band on his head protested against Singh's racist comments [BJP leader Giriraj Singh makes racist comment against Congress President Sonia Gandhi] but on asking whether what he said against Smriti Irani was right he said: "I didn't say anything wrong. She is an actress. She used to dance now she is in politics. That is all I said, I never made any sexist comments against her."
Irani had filed a defamation case against Nirupam for his comments
During a televsion debate with Irani in 2012, Nirupam said: "Aap kal tak thukmke lagate the, aur aaj rajineeti mai ghoom rahi hai aap (Till yesterday you were dancing on television and today you have become a politician)."
Nirupam received strong criticism for his statements and Irani even filed a defamation complaint against him following the incident [Irani slaps Nirupam with legal notice for sexist remarks]
However, Nirupam's defence may show Congress in poor light as the party took up Giriraj Singh's statement and demanded that he be sacked from the BJP.