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Sidhu calls BJP 'Kale Angrez', Patra hits back

IANS  |  New Delhi 

and stirred a controversy on Saturday by calling the (BJP) "Kale Angrez" (black Englishmen) and likening to a bride who pretends to do work.

Hitting back at the opposition party, the said that Sidhu's utterances were an insult to the nation, which reflected the "racist" and "sexist" mindset of the

Addressing an election rally in Indore, Sidhu said the was the party of and which fought for the Independence of from British rule, and urged the people to save the country by voting the out of power.

"They (Azad and Gandhi) gave us freedom from the white and the people of will free this country from the 'Kale Angrez'," Sidhu said.

Sharpening his attack on Modi, the Congress said: "Modiji is like that bride who makes less 'rotis' and more noise so that the neighbourhood thinks that she is working. This is exactly what has happened in the government."

Sidhu's comments were countered by spokeperson Sambit Patra, who reminded the Congress of its senior Sonia Gandhi's connection.

"Sidhu has exposed the mindset of the Congress by calling Hindustanis 'Kale Angrez'. Modi may not be fair, but he has a big heart and takes care of the poor. People love him," Patra said, quoting a famous Bollywood song, "Hum kale hain toh kya hua dilwale hain."

The BJP leader further said that the Congress should not be arrogant of its "Italian colour".

"This Italian colour too will fade away on May 23," he said, adding that this was new where women didn't just exist to make bread at home, but to carry the country forward.

Terming Sidhu's remarks as height of sycophancy, Patra said the seemed to be okay with the colour of Warren Anderson, and Christen Michel, but Modi looked like a "Kala Angrez" to him.

"Sidhu has shown the mentality of the Congress, which is racist as well as sexist. This is the reality of the Congress, which has no respect for either Sikhs, Indians or women," Patra said.



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 17:24 IST