Rashtapatni Remarks : Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury apologises to President Murmu

29 July, 2022 | Simran Turak

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"I assure you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologize and request you to accept the same," reads a letter written by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, apologised to President Droupadi Murmu for his “rashtrapatni” remarks on Friday, 29th July.

“I assure you that it was a slip of the tongue. I apologize and request you to accept the same,” reads a letter written by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. The Congress leader received a notice from the National Commission for Women (NCW) asking him to appear before it in person and submit a written explanation for his remarks. The hearing is scheduled for August 3rd.


Mr. Chowdhury, Congress leader, had used the “Rashtrapatni” remark while addressing reporters during his party’s protests.


“It was not a slip of the tongue. If you watch the clip, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury clearly (referred to President Murmu as) Rashtrapati twice, then he called her Rashtrapatni,” Law Minister Kiren Rijiju told media.


The BJP, led by Ministers Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha and Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha,¬†demanded an apology from Chowdhury and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday after Chowdhury was heard calling the President “Rashtrapatni” ass “Rasthrapati is a gender-neutral¬†word,” Sitharaman claimed in the Rajya Sabha that calling the President “Rashtrapatni” was a “sexist insult.”