After facing a massive backlash over his ‘rashtrapatni’ remark, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday apologised to President Droupadi Murmu and said that he mistakenly used an incorrect word for her. A major political row broke out over his objectionable remark in the Lok Sabha with the ruling BJP launching an all-out offensive against the grand old party.
In a letter to the President, the Lok Sabha MP called his remark a “slip of tongue”. “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,” Chowdhury said in his letter to the President.
— Adhir Chowdhury (@adhirrcinc) July 28, 2022
While talking to reporters during their protest at Vijay chowk on Wednesday, Chowdhury had used the word ‘rashtrapatni’ for President Murmu, that created a controversy with the BJP raising the issue in Parliament, demanding an apology from him and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
The BJP had accused Chowdhury of hurling a “deliberate sexist insult” at President Murmu and demanded an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. In his defence, Chowdhury, who is the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, said he never intended to disrespect the President.
With inputs from News18, PTI