Rashtrapatni Remark Row: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary Tenders Written Apology To President Droupadi Murmu

Rashtrapatni Remark Row: "I assure you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologise and request you to accept the same," Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary wrote in his letter.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 10:00 PM IST
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Rashtrapatni Remark Row: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary Tenders Written Apology To President Droupadi Murmu
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury speaks to the media over his 'Rashtrapatni' remark against President Droupadi Murmu. (ANI Photo)

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, who courted a massive controversy with his "Rashtrapatni" remark, on Friday tendered a written apology to President Droupadi Murmu. In a letter to the President, he said that he mistakenly used an incorrect word for her and it was 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 Ranjan Chowdhary during Congress' protest at Vijay chowk on Wednesday, had used the word 'rashtrapatni" for President Murmu, which created a row with the ruling BJP raising the issue in Parliament, demanding an apology from him and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

With the BJP launching a massive offensive against him and Gandhi, Chowdhury said he had sought time from President Murmu and he would apologise to her personally and not to "pakhandis" (hypocrites) of the BJP. However, it was not clear whether the President had given him time.

Earlier on Friday, Chowdhury said that he had used the term "Rashtrapatni" for President Murmu by mistake and that the ruling party was deliberately trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

"I am waiting for BJP to term me terrorist and arrest me under UAPA. They want to become champions of tribals but hide how murders are happening. Laws brought under Sonia Gandhi are being changed. They are working against tribals," he said as quoted by ANI.

"I can't even think of insulting the President. It was just a mistake. If the President felt bad, I will personally meet her and apologise. They can hang me if they want. I am ready to get punished but why is she (Sonia Gandhi) being dragged in this?" Chowdhury added.

Proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been disrupted for the second day in a row over the remark and BJP leaders have been saying that Chowdhury would have to apologise.

The row also led to a face-off in Lok Sabha between Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani following which the Congress leaders accused BJP MPs including Irani of subjecting its chief to "brutal heckling, verbal assault and physical intimidation" in the lower house.

 

(With Agencies Inputs)

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