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Tuki condemns Giriraj remarks on Sonia

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, April 1� Union Minister Giriraj Singh�s objectionable remarks on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has evoked strong condemnations from Arunachal Pradesh, a stronghold of the grand old party.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today strongly denounced the objectionable remarks made by Giriraj on Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Hajipur, Bihar on Tuesday.

While terming the Giriraj Singh�s remarks as �blatant and racist�, Tuki, in a statement here this evening, said, �Such remarks are not only an insult to the pluralistic ethos of the country but (it would) also go a long way in reflecting the gender and racial prejudices of a Union Minister who has taken an oath of allegiance to the Constitution.

The people of the country owe an immediate apology from the Union Minister for violating his constitutional propriety,� added Tuki.

The Chief Minister lamented that �invoking a past Prime Minister�s marital life just to earn political points has taken the level of political discourse in the country to a new low.�

Giriraj had quipped in Bihar�s Hajipur on Tuesday, �If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian lady and not a white-skinned woman, then would the Congress have accepted her leadership?�, laughing at his own joke.

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