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Naga CM hits out at Tharoor's 'outlandish' headgear remark

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Rio today took strong objection to Tharoor's "outlandish" Naga remark.

Without taking Tharoor's name, the sought an apology and withdrawal of the statement.

"Nagas have rich heritage&vibrant culture.We are proud of our history&traditions. The Naga is renowned&gifted with honour,definitely not outlandish. Mutual respect makes a great nation. One must apologise & withdraw statements that hurt others sentiments," Rio said on

Rio heads the Peoples' government in in which his Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and are partners.

The MP waded into a fresh row by alleging that could wear all kinds of headgear, but not Muslim skull cap.

"I ask you why does our wear all sorts of outlandish wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap?

"You see him in Naga headgears with feathers. You have seen him in various kinds of extraordinary outfits which is a right thing for a to do. has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes. But why he still always says no to one?" said at a seminar in yesterday.

His comments drew a sharp response from Union minister Kiren Rijiju, who said the leader's remarks insulted tribals and people from the North-East.

"I demand apology from the Party for insulting the people of India's North East & Tribals. described North-East people & Naga Tribal headgears as funny looking outlandish & hilarious," Rijiju, a native of Arunachal Pradesh, said on

"insults the proud cultural heritage of the people of North-East. This condescension & arrogance towards the people of have become hallmarks of @INCIndia," Union Information and tweeted.

also took to the microblogging website to criticise the

"For Shashi Tharoor, Naga headgear is outlandish and hilarious. In his over zealous love for skull cap, Tharoor doesnt mind insulting d customs of d Nagas n other NE people," he said.

Tharoor had recently kicked up a controversy with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, would rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan".

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 22:10 IST