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CP Joshi apologises after Rahul Gandhi asks him to 'express regret' over casteist remarks on PM Modi, Uma Bharti

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 November 2018, 12:11 PM
CP Joshi courts troble by making disputed statements against PM Modi. (File photo)
CP Joshi courts troble by making disputed statements against PM Modi. (File photo)

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday strongly disapproved of senior party leader CP Joshi’s statement, that reportedly appeared in a video on Thursday, suggesting that only Brahmins could speak about Hindus. Rahul Gandhi said that CP Joshi’s statement was against the ideals of the Congress party and asked him to express regret. CP Joshi duly apologised in a tweet saying, "Out of respect for the Congress' beliefs and workers' sentiment, I apologise if my comments hurt any section of the society."

Expressing displeasure over Joshi’s statement, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, which roughly translated to, “CP Joshi's comment is in stark opposition to the values of Congress party. Party leaders should not make statements which can hurt sentiments of any section. I am sure Joshi ji will realise his mistake, keeping party's principles in mind. He should regret his statement.”

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In a video tweeted by Gujarat BJP MLA Harsh Sanghavi, the Congress leader is heard slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara for speaking about Hinduism.

"Uma Bharti is a Lodhi, and she talks about Hinduism, Modi ji talks about Hinduism. It's only Brahmins who don't talk about it. In 50 years they have lost their mind. The country is being misled... Religion and governance are two different things. Everyone has the right to practice their religion," Joshi said in the video.

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However, Joshi has accused the BJP of twisting his statement and condemned its “fabricated use”, according to Hindustan Times. Gandhi, however, appeared unconvinced.

First Published: Friday, November 23, 2018 11:44 AM
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