NEW DELHI: On the Budget session day, Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Monday apologised in Parliament over the racist comments made by him earlier this month against Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Expressing regret on his comments, Giriraj said, “I did not intend to insult anybody. If somebody has been hurt by my comments, I apologise.”

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia raised issue of racist remarks given by Giriraj as soon as the House assembled for the Budget session and demanded Giriraj’s apology.

“We do not want only apology, but the minister should resign and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also apologise for the statement,” said Scindia.

Meanwhile, clarifying the remark, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, “Won’t approve such remarks. The issue should be discussed but the Prime Minister should not be dragged into this.”

On the other hand, condemning the remark, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appealed the opposition to let session continue and said that statement made outside Parliament shouldn’t affect House, adding the issue can be discussed later.

Earlier this month, Union Minister Giriraj Singh had made a racist comment on Congress President Sonia Gandhi’, claiming “If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian then would Congress have accepted her as a President?” 

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