Rahul Gandhi reprimanded CP Joshi’s casteist remarks

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today distanced himself from senior Congress leader CP Joshi’s casteist remarks. In a tweet he strongly condemned Joshi’s “only brahmins know and can talk about Hinduism” statement.

Rahul Gandhi had slammed Joshi and had said that his statement was against the principles of Congress. “Neta’s must not make statements that hurt people’s sentiments,” Gandhi tweeted, a day after Joshi  claimed that PM Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism. Rahul also advised that keeping in mind the ethos and principles of the Congress, Joshi ji must have realised his mistake and  should regret his statement.

Quickly responding to Rahul’s advise, CP Joshi  apologised for his controversial comment. Issuing a brief statement, Joshi said,”Respecting the ideals of the Congress and the sentiments of the party workers, I express remorse for my statement if it caused any hurt to the sentiments of any section of the society.”

The controversy erupted after CP Joshi, while addressing a gathering at Sema village in Rajsamand district  claimed that PM Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism. “Uma Bharti, who belongs to the Lodi samaj, is talking about Hindu religion. Narendra Modi too belongs to some other religion and talks about Hinduism,” Joshi had said.

Following his derogatory remarks, the BJP had asked the Congress chief to sack Joshi with immediate effect. “Congress leaders discuss things behind closed doors and when they get exposed, they ask people to apologise.  Rahul Gandhi ji you have been caught red-handed. You should immediately sack CP Joshi, sack him within one hour,” BJP’s Sambit Patra had demanded in the day.

Referring to CP Joshi’s recent casteist remarks on PM Narendra Modi, the BJP claimed that Congress leaders discuss things behind closed doors and when they get exposed, they ask people to apologise. ” Rahul Gandhi ji you have been caught red-handed. You should immediately sack CP Joshi, sack him within one hour,” BJP’s Sambit Patra demanded.

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