The BJP lashed out at the Trinamool Congress, saying Giri’s remark reflected the TMC’s “anti-tribal” mentality
Nandigram: West Bengal Minister Akhil Giri drew widespread criticism on Saturday for making controversial remarks about President Droupadi Murmu.
After the video clip of his comments went viral, Giri apologized for such a remark.
In a 17-second video clip, the authenticity of which PTI has not been able to independently verify, Giri could be heard commenting on the “president’s appearance.”
“They (BJP) said I didn’t look good. We don’t judge anyone by their looks. We respect the office of President (of India). But what does our President look like?” Giri, the Minister of State for Corrections, was heard speaking at a rally in a village in Nandigram late Friday night.
Later speaking to reporters this morning, Giri apologized for such a remark.
“I didn’t mean to disrespect the honorable President. I responded to what the BJP leaders said while verbally attacking myself. I apologize for such a remark. I have great respect for the President of our country,” he said.
The BJP, however, lashed out at the Trinamool Congress, saying Giri’s remark reflected the TMC’s “anti-tribal” mentality.
“President Droupadi Murmu comes from the tribal community. Akhil Giri made offensive statements against the country’s president. These statements reflect the TMC party’s anti-tribal mentality,” said BJP President Sukanta Majumdar.
Amit Malviya, in charge of BJP’s national information and technology department, co-responsible for West Bengal, said in a tweet: “Akhil Giri, Minister in Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet, insults the President and says: We don’t care about looks. But how does your president look? Mamata Banerjee was always anti-tribals, didn’t support President Murmu for office and now this. Shameful level of discourse…”
The TMC said it did not endorse such comment but accepts no responsibility for statements made by executives in their individual capacity.
“We do not want to comment on isolated statements by individuals. The Party neither endorses nor accepts responsibility for such statements. We have great respect for the President of the country,” TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh told PTI.