Congress Neta Udit Raj’s apology on Murmu ‘Chamcha’ remark with conditions

A day after a massive row over comments by Udit Raj attacking President Droupadi Murmu, the Congress leader has now issued a clarification apologizing for “errors in word choice” but also saying he will continue to ask necessary questions . The apology comes after his “drooling” remarks against Murmu on Thursday.

“The expression ‘Namak Khana’ or eating salt has a deeper meaning. However, there was a mistake in my choice of words. I’m sorry about that but I will keep asking questions because I’m not hungry for power and posts,” Udit Raj tweeted late last night.

He also said the apology didn’t mean he would stop fighting for the cause. “I am a representative of the SC/ST and it pains me to see people representing our community doing nothing from their high position,” Raj tweeted.

A massive controversy erupted yesterday over the former BJP leader’s comments in which he referred to the President as “Chamcha”. The leader of the Unorganized Workers and Employees Congress or KKC Udit Raj tweeted: “I hope no country gets a President like Droupadi Murmu ji. Chamchagiri also has its limits. It is said that 70% of people eat Gujarat salt. If someone lives their life eating salt, they would know.”

The Congress leader was served with a notice by the National Women’s Commission for his derogatory remarks against the President. He had made it clear on Thursday that his statements were personal and not the official position of the Congress party.

BJP was furious at comments with spokespersons Sambit Patra and Shehzad Poonawalla calling for his sacking. “Instead of apologizing for his ‘chamcha’ remark against President Draupadi Murmu ji, Udit Raj, encouraged by the support of Sonia & Rahul Gandhi, now calls President Murmu ‘stupid and deaf’. In the past he called Kovind ji deaf and dumb! Will Congress fire him?” BJP spokesman Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted.

The Congress party has not yet officially commented on the comments. Earlier this year, two other congressional leaders made similar statements attacking President Murmu, which drew condemnation.

In July, Congress leader Ajoy Kumar caused a stir when he said that then-President-elect Droupadi Murmu had an “evil philosophy of India.” That same month, Congress Chairman Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury apologized to Droupadi Murmu for calling her “Rashtrapatni” in the Lok Sabha.

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