New Delhi, Nov 23 (IECurrentAffairs) After Congress leader CP Joshi stoked a controversy with his comment that “only Brahmins know enough to talk about Hinduism”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a damage control exercise , on Friday said Mr Joshi’s comments were against the Congress party’s principles.
In a post on social media, Rahul said, ‘ CP Joshi’s comments are against the principles of the Congress party.
No party leader should make statements that hurt any section of the society.
I am sure Joshiji will realize his mistake in keeping with principles of the congress and sentiments of party workers.
He should express regret over his comments.’ Joshi later apologised for his comments.
“Out of respect for the Congress’s beliefs and workers’ sentiment, I apologise if my comments hurt any section of the society,’Mr Joshi said.
In a video tweeted by a BJP lawmaker, C P Joshi , while campaigning in Rajasthan’s Nathdwara for the December 7 state election, was quoted as saying,”Uma Bharti is a Lodhi, and she talks about Hinduism, Modi ji talks about Hinduism.
It’s only Brahmins who don’t talk about it. In 50 years they have lost their mind. The country is being misled… Religion and governance are two different things. Everyone has the right to practice their religion,” Mr Joshi said in the video.
They say a Congress leader can’t be a Hindu. Who gave them the authority to issue certificates? Have they opened a university? If anyone knows about religion in this country then its pandits, brahmins,” he says.
In a subsequent tweet, Mr Joshi alleged fabrication of his comments.
Tweeting his own clip of the video , he said, “I strongly condemn the fabricated use of my statement by BJP.”
The video is seen as a major embarrassment for the congress, which us looking to wrest power from the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.