INDIA: Trinamool Congress Leader Akhil Giri was wrapped into controversy after his objectionable remarks about President Draupadi Murmu went viral on social media. Giri, during a public gathering, said, “We don’t judge people based on their appearance, and we respect the president’s office… How does our president look?”
The TMC party distanced itself from Akhil Giri’s remarks
TMC spokesman Saket Gokhale took to Twitter and wrote, “This is an irresponsible comment & does NOT represent the views of @AITCofficial. We are extremely proud of the President of India & hold her & her office in the highest regard.”
Meanwhile, the Minister for Correctional Administration sought an apology for his statement and clarified, saying, “For the last few months, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari has been making derogatory remarks about me which had made me angry.”
Giri released an apology video on Twitter. The TMC leader stated to the media, “I had no intention of disrespecting the Honorable President. I was responding to what BJP leaders were saying as they verbally attacked me. Every day, I get verbally abused because of my appearance. It is incorrect to believe that I have disrespected the President. I regret making such a comment. I have a great respect for our country’s President.”
The saffron party expressed their anger towards such action, and BJP’s West Bengal unit President Sukanta Majumdar called the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government’ anti-tribal.
Majumdar, on his Twitter handle, wrote, “CM Mamata Banerjee has always been Anti Tribal.” Further added on writing, “Her minister Akhil Giri took it further and insulted the president on her look. Why do she and her government hate tribals so much?”
Besides this, the pro-Hindu party MP Soumitra Khan wrote a complaint to the National Commission of Women, demanding action against Giri. Khan requested the state to arrest Giri over his controversial ill statement against the Indian President. She even demands Giri be sacked from his MLA post.
The BJP’s Bengal unit started a widespread protest and tweeted, “President Droupadi Murmu hails from the Tribal community. Akhil Giri, TMC Minister of Correctional Homes made objectionable comments about her in the presence of Shashi Panja, another minister from the women’s welfare department Mamata Banerjee and TMC are anti-tribal.”