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BJP shuns Joshi's apology for casteist remark, asks Rahul to express regret

An unimpressed BJP asked the Gandhi scion to apologise

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

C P Joshi (Photo: Twitter @drcpjoshi)
C P Joshi (Photo: Twitter @drcpjoshi)

Rejecting leader C P Joshi's apology for his casteist remarks, the on Friday said party president must take responsibility and express regret.

Stressing that Joshi had "insulted the Indian culture as well as the Hindu religion", (BJP) spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi accused the of "dividing every religion for power".

"The statement of leader (Joshi) is baseless, wrong and condemnable. It reflects that the Congress doesn't know the history of Indian culture and Hindu religion," Trivedi said at a press conference.

Congress talks about of development but divides the society on the basis of caste and religion... The party has divided every religion for power and such negative outlook has no place in politics, he added.

Addressing a poll meeting in Rajasthan on Thursday, Joshi had reportedly said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP Uma Bharti and Hindu activist Sadhvi Ritambhara were from "lower castes" and therefore, know nothing of He said it is the Brahmins who were learned and know of

As the statement caused a political furore, on Friday clarified that the Congress leader's statement did not reflect the ideals of the party, and urged the senior leader to apologise.

Joshi, a candidate in the December 7 assembly polls in Rajasthan, duly apologised in a tweet.

"Respecting the Congress principles and feelings of party workers, I regret for my statement if it had hurt any section of the society," Joshi tweeted.

However, an unimpressed asked the Gandhi scion to apologise.

"We don't want his (Joshi) apology... should take responsibility and apologise for the remarks," Trivedi said.

The BJP leader further accused the Congress of not only dividing the society but also the resources of the country.

"The Congress leader's statement has not only insulted Indian society but Hindu culture as well," Trivedi said.

First Published: Fri, November 23 2018. 15:10 IST