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Chorus grows for ‘strict action’ against TMC minister Akhil Giri over comments about President Murmu .’s appearance

BJP MP Medallion Chatterjee files a complaint against West Bengal Minister Akhil Giri over derogatory remarks he made against President Droupadi Mumru on Saturday. The BJP MP is the last to demand action against the Bangladeshi minister for his remarks.

On Saturday, Bangladeshi BJP MP Saumitra Khan had asked National Women’s Commission (NCW) Chairman Rekha Sharma to intervene in securing the arrest of State Minister Akhil Giri for his derogatory comments about President Murmu’s appearance.

NCW took note of the incident and wrote to TMC Minister Akhil Giri to offer a written apology for his comments against President Murmu. The Commission has also written to DGP West Bengal to conduct an investigation and take strict action in this matter.

Several other top BJP leaders condemned the comments demanding strict measures from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Chief Minister of West Bengal is silent on the comments of TMC Minister Akhil Giri to President Murmu. We don’t want to listen to that minister, we want to know when Mamata ji will remove Akhil Giri from the party,” Union Minister Smriti Irani told ANI.

LoP West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari also wrote to Governor La Ganesan requesting an appointment to demand the resignation of TMC Minister Akhil Giri for his remarks.

The Union’s tribal affairs minister, Arjun Munda, claimed the comments were made because of the president’s tribal ancestry. “They (TMC) cannot comprehend the fact that a tribal woman is now the president of India. BJP strongly condemns this. We will make sure he (TMC leader Akhil Giri) is caught,” Munda had previously said.

The response comes after the Bangladeshi minister said on Saturday, “We don’t judge anyone by their appearance, we respect the office of the President (of India). But what does our president look like?” He made the comments in Nandigram while addressing a meeting. Cheering and clapping are heard as Giri makes the remarks.

Giri apologized shortly after the comments, claiming he wasn’t taking anyone’s name. “If the President of India is offended, I’m sorry and I’m sorry for what I said,” Giri said.

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