BJP demands apology from Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for 'casteist' remark against President Ram Nath Kovind

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said it was 'unfortunate' that a senior Congress leader like Ashok Gehlot made a 'casteist' remark against the president.

Press Trust of India April 17, 2019 17:29:43 IST
BJP demands apology from Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for 'casteist' remark against President Ram Nath Kovind
  • BJP also urged the EC to take cognisance of the matter and take action against Ashok Gehlot

  • He further alleged the remark showed 'anti-Dalit' mindset of the Congress

  • Meanwhile, the party also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his speech in Nanded

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday demanded an apology from Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for his remarks suggesting that Ram Nath Kovind became president because he was a "Dalit".

The party also urged the Election Commission of India (EC) to take cognisance of the matter and take action against Gehlot.

BJP demands apology from Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for casteist remark against President Ram Nath Kovind

File image of national general secretary for Cngress, Ashok Gehlot. Twitter/@ashokgehlot51

"It is very unfortunate that Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, a senior Congress leader who himself is on a constitutional post made casteist remark against the president, who is the custodian of the Constitution," BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said, addressing a press conference at the party office in Delhi.

He further alleged the remark showed "anti-Dalit" mindset of the Congress.

"We request the Election Commission to take suo-moto cognisance of Gehlot's remarks against the president," he said.

Rao said the BJP has also demanded an apology from Gehlot. Meanwhile, the party also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his speech in Nanded.

On Monday, Rahul attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of corruption and asked how come all "thieves" have "Modi" as the common surname as he referred to fugitive businessman Nirav Modi and former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

"Rahul Gandhi cannot accept the fact that a person from humble background, who is from a backward community, has become the Prime Minister today. For Rahul, only families can rule India," Rao said.

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