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Union ministers slam Tharoor for comments on Modi's headgear

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union ministers today slammed for his remarks that donned "outlandish" Naga and other but refused to put on a Muslim skull cap, saying it was an insult to the Northeast and reflected the opposition party's mindset towards the region.

for home Kiren Rijiju, for DoNER and Union for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore's took to to hit out at for his remarks made yesterday at a seminar in Thiruvananthapuram.

"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 tweeted.

Echoing him, said Tharoor's remarks smack of his "outlandish' mindset.

"Dear @ShashiTharoor, this smacks of outlandish mindset, particularly a mocking affront to rich traditional culture of people of Northeast, including those of whom you specifically choose to mention. It's this mindset, which treated Northeast with disdain for 70 yrs," he said on

Rathore alleged that Tharoor has "insulted the proud cultural heritage of the people of North-East. This condescension & arrogance towards the people of have become hallmarks of @INCIndia," he tweeted

BJP took a swipe at Tharoor, saying "in his

over-zealous love for skull cap, Tharoor doesnt mind insulting the customs of the Nagas and other NE people."

Addressing a seminar, Tharoor had alleged that Modi could wear all kinds of head-gear 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?" Tharoor said.

Later replying to Rajyavardhan Rathore, Tharoor today tweeted: "Dear Rajyavardhan, you know better: I was obviously referring to the ceremonial headdress offered to visiting dignitaries, not daily wear.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 20:10 IST