Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh on Tuesday landed into a fresh controversy with political parties and editors slamming him for calling the media 'presstitutes'.
The Congress said his comments were "deplorable" and insensitive, the Left said they reflected the minister's mindset.
"It is very unfortunate that a minister is using abusive language against the media. He is holding a very important position. It is for the Prime Minister to take a call on this," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.
Left parties said such comments revealed the mindset of the minister.
The incident started with the minister making a snide remark against a TV channel when asked about the evacuation of Indians from Yemen
"Actually speaking, the operation (evacuation) in Yemen is less exciting than going to the Pakistani embassy," Singh said in Djibouti.
A section of the media criticised him for the remark prompting Singh to say on Twitter, "Friends what do you you expect from presstitutes," adding that last time the news anchor thought there was 'O' in place of 'E'.
Later officials clarified that the minister was being sarcastic and his comments were in reference to media. This is the second time in recent years the minister has created a controversy with his remarks.
A major row had erupted when Singh had attended Pakistan's National Day on March 23 at the high commission in Delhi when several separatist leaders from Kashmir too were present.
However, after attending the reception, the former army chief mysteriously tweeted "disgust" and "duty" which was widely interpreted as his displeasure over being asked to represent the government at the Pakistan reception.
The next day, he called a press conference that he was fully committed to BJP, government and the prime minister and that his tweets were directed only towards those section of the media that have questioned the intent of my government and also the stance on countering Pakistan sponsored terror.
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