'Best example of foot in mouth': Twitter has mixed reactions to Giriraj Singh's Sonia remark
Giriraj Singh's comments on Sonia Gandhi created an immediate whiplash on twitter, leading to mixed reactions
In December last year, PM Modi had issued a stern warning to members of his party, asking them to refrain from making controversial remarks. "I will not compromise on this," he said, according to this NDTV report.
Even though the PM was only referring to communal remarks, after BJP's Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti used expletives in a political rally, Union Minister Giriraj Singh seems to have temporarily ignored the PM when he made a racist comment on TV on Wednesday against Sonia Gandhi.
"If Rajiv Gandhi would've married a Nigerian and Sonia Gandhi wasn't white-skinned, would Congress have accepted her?" asked Singh.
The minister isn't alone. Indian politicians have been creating controversies with their sweeping statements for a while now.
Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar had to apologies for the use of a colloquial racist slur to describe an African national in an official document. Sharad Yadav called South Indian women "dusky with beautiful bodies." Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav also spoke about rape, saying ‘Boys will be boys, they make mistakes…Will you hang them for rape?’
Singh's comments created an immediate whiplash on Twitter, leading to mixed reactions. Some tweets pointed at his statement being true, and that there was nothing to be offended about, while some tweets openly lashed out at his racist comment. Giriraj Singh is now one of the top trends on Twitter.
Giriraj Singh is one of those politicians who couldn't see others being discussed of Fool's day. He easily proved that his is the winner.
— sachin tyagi (@sachintyagica) April 1, 2015
Fair & Lovely may hire Giriraj Singh and Goa CM as their Brand Ambassadors :p
— Kishore Murari (@GramophoneGuy) April 1, 2015
Giriraj Singh has not said anything wrong-he has pointed out the racism that exists in India.Part of the Nehrus' dazzle always their colour.
— Nayanika (@nayanikaaa) April 1, 2015
Why pick on Giriraj Singh when his boss Narendra Modi has called Sonia Gandhi a jersey cow and Rahul a hybrid calf http://t.co/fw0Nm6hIXZ
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) April 1, 2015
You can't blame Giriraj Singh alone for his racist opinion. He belongs to a state where people start conversation with "Kaun jaat ke ho ji?"
— Overrated Sala (@bhak_sala) April 1, 2015
Giriraj Singh is the best example of foot in mouth !!
— Qayed (@Qayed) April 1, 2015
The World according to Giriraj Singh , Sharad Yadav... Dark: Nigeria, Semi-Dark: South India, Semi-White: North India, White: Sonia!
— Rasheed Kappan (@kappansky) April 1, 2015
I think Mr Giriraj Singh has lost heavily in Nigerian lottery scam.
— राकेश कदम (@RakeshKadam) April 1, 2015
— Tanzil Asif 'Xzeal' (@theXzeal) April 1, 2015
Outrage over Giriraj Singh/Goa CM, but don't pretend that our society does not hv color bias. Stop bleaching ur face at parlour to start wth
— Joyeeta Basu (@eeta) April 1, 2015
Whether it is Giriraj SIngh, attacks on Christians, anti-farmer Land Bill, Priya Pillai case, Pakistan policy; BJP's response: Development.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 1, 2015
Giriraj has a point.He has guts.These questions haunt every Indian but no one asks them openly. Giriraj Singh
— TimeSocial (@TimeSocial) April 1, 2015
The results are out...!! Ladies and gentlemen 1st April award (2015) goes to Giriraj singh..!!
— Prabhat Vyas (@prabhat_roark) April 1, 2015
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