Congress activists on Thursday burnt effigies of prime minister Narendra Modi and union minister Giriraj Singh as the party launched statewide protests, condemning “racist and sexist” remarks by the controversial BJP MP against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The party also filed a defamation case against Singh who had kicked off a storm by asking if the Congress would have made Gandhi its president had former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi married a woman who was not white-skinned.
“The statement shows the level that politics has sunk to with the unrestrained actions of the persons who make the Central government,” said state Congress president Ashok Kumar Choudhary.
“Congressmen and people are angry.. we did not expect such an upsurge, but it only shows how badly the electorate has taken it.”
In Patna, Congress workers burnt effigies in Patna City, Danapur, in front of the BJP office, off Birchand Patel Marg in the heart of the city, besides Patna’s nerve centre at Fraser Road.
The mahila morcha of the party under Amita Bhushan also led a march condemning the “racist and sexist remark” of the union minister.
“If Giriraj cannot respect women, how can he remain a minister?” Bhushan asked. She said the agitation will be stepped up against the minister through all the available fora.
Late night on Wednesday, Congress workers had even pelted soiled eggs and tomatoes at Giriraj’s residence in Ananpuri area in the heart of Patna and torn banners and buntings carrying his name.
Spokesperson and senior Congressman Premchandra Mishra said, “The comment has galvanised workers and they have taken the lead in the agitation. We plan to confront Giriraj Singh directly, whenever he is in town next time.
Rashtriya Loktantrik Samata Party chief, Upendra Kushwaha, who is also an ally of the NDA, said in Patna, “Giriraj Singh has made a habit of talking loosely, which should be curbed. It is not given that people in high places should say things such as this. It’s unfortunate. He should restrain himself.”