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Sonia on Giriraj remarks

th (40)“What did he say? I don’t think I should reply to people with such a narrow mindset,” the Congress president said.Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday declined to comment on the controversial remarks made against her by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh.

Ms. Gandhi was speaking to reporters at the end of a 60-km-long road show, during which she met farmers whose crops were destroyed in the recent unseasonable hailstorm and rain. She interacted with the farmers in 10 villages.On Tuesday, Mr Singh had said at an event in Bihar: “If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian lady and not a white-skinned woman, then would the Congress have accepted her leadership?”.

The BJP ordered Mr Singh to apologize. Sources say party chief Amit Shah asked the 63-year-old minister to “observe absolute restraint in public and in private” and stop embarrassing the party and the government.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “promises” by raising the issue of Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s alleged racist remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.