Last updated: November 14, 2022, 6:06 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday condemned the comments made by Trinamool Congress leader and Bangladeshi minister Akhil Giri about President Droupadi Murmu. the. We don’t support what Akhil has said.”
In a 17-second video clip, the TMC leader could be heard talking about the “appearance of the president” on Saturday (November 12). “They (BJP) said I didn’t look good. We don’t judge anyone by their appearance. We respect the office of the president (of India). But what does our president look like?” Giri, the state minister for Correctional Homes, was said late Friday night at a meeting in a village in Nandigram.
Akhil Giri, Mamata Banerjee’s minister, is a frequent offender. Earlier, on October 27, he also made a similar disparaging remark to Smt Draupadi Murmu, President of India and Manoj Tigga, BJP Bengal’s main whip in the assembly, and a prominent tribal leader.
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Commenting on the matter, Banerjee said: “We believe that beauty has nothing to do with complexion. I love her. Akhil did something wrong. Our party warned him. This is not our party culture and we will act strongly if this will be repeated in the future.”
Earlier, several BJP leaders came forward to condemn Giri’s comments. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra had said they have deeply hurt the people of Odisha. “Giri’s comments have offended the entire women’s community. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee must immediately fire Akhil Giri,” he said.
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.
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