INDIA: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury by the slip of tongue addressed the President of India as, ‘Rashtrapatni, in a media interview. This remark instantly caught fire and took the shape of a mutiny amongst party leaders.
The BJP leaders demanded an official apology from Chowdhary along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi for such misconduct. Even Law Minister Kiren Rijiju made a statement, “It was not a slip of the tongue. If you watch the clip, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury clearly (referred to President Murmu as) Rashtrapati twice, then he called her Rashtrapatni.”
MP Chowdhury recently wrote a letter to President Murmu, seeking an apology for misaddressing her. He wrote: “I am writing to express my regret for having mistakenly used an incorrect word to describe the position you hold. I assure you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologise and request you to accept the same.”
According to Chowdhary, he has a firm grip over the Hindi language because of his Bengali origin. However, in the recent past, he said, “Rashtrapatni slipped out, that was my mistake. I am Bengali, not a Hindi-speaking person, so it slipped out. I never intended any insult to the country’s highest post, not in my wildest dreams can I think of doing so.”
Back lashing at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal bid an apology from her. This is because Gandhi appointed Chowdhury as the leader of Lok Sabha.
This entire conflict came into place after Sri Droupadi Murmu was selected as the President of India. She is the first tribal woman to serve the government as a President.