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Gehlot's remarks against President Kovind shows Congress's anti-Dalit mindset, should apologise: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP slammed Minister on Wednesday for suggesting that became because he was a Dalit, saying it showed the "anti-Dalit" mindset of and demanded an apology from him.

The party urged the to take suo-moto cognisance of the statement and take action against Gehlot.

"It is very unfortunate that Minister Ashok Gehlot, a senior who himself is on a constitutional post, made a casteist remark against the president, of the Constitution," GVL told reporters here.

Rao said Gehlot criticised the saying he was appointed to the highest office "only because of his social identity being a member from the community".

At a press conference in Jaipur, Gehlot suggested the BJP-led NDA picked Kovind over L K Advani as its presidential nominee because of his caste. He also linked Kovind's appointment to polls.

Under flak, Gehlot later tweeted he was "misquoted"and has the greatest regard for the He said he was "highly impressed" with Kovind's "simplicity and humbleness".

Rao responded to Gehlot's tweet, saying a "profuge apology was expected and not a silly attempt at blaming media for your condemnable comments."

He also questioned whether the minister will respect anyone besides "dynasty", an apparent reference to the Gandhi family.

The BJP described Gehlot's remarks as a low attack by against the highest constitutional functionary in the country.

"This is anti-Dalit, anti-poor, anti-people and anti-constitution statement made by Gehlot," he said.

Asked about Gehlot's remarks, Congress said, "We feel that people of all castes have elected Kovind ji as President of and we should respect that."

The BJP has demanded an apology also from Congress

It has also criticised Gandhi for his speech in Nanded in on Monday, where the Congress chief attacked and asked how come all "thieves" have "Modi" as their surname, referring to and former IPL

"cannot accept the fact that a person from a humble background, who is from a backward community, has become For Rahul, only families can rule India," Rao said.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 20:15 IST