Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria went overpitched on Sunday and kicked up a ontroversy after reputedly using foul language while referring to the former prime minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting of BJP workers in Churu district.
He used derogatory words for former prime minister Manmohan Singh by referring him as ‘S**l*’
While praising PM Modi for his influence as world leader, he got carried away and used foul language for former PM Manmohan Singh.
The entire speech was captured on camera in which he used foul words eight times in 32 minutes in the presence of party workers and 6 state ministers.
Kataria allegedly said: “Desh ka pradhan mantri pehle Manmohan Singh jab America utarta tha, toh s**** ko receive karne kay liye aira-gera nathu khaira mantri ja karke airport se lekar ata tha.
Lekin ab Hindustan ka pradhan mantri jab jata hai, toh Obama swayam uth karke jata hai uski agwani karne ke liye. (When as prime minister Manmohan Singh used to go to the US, he was received by random ministers. But now, when India’s Prime Minister goes, Obama himself goes to receive him).”
After his statement came, the Congress lashed out and condemned him.
Ashok Gehlot demanded that Kataria be sacked. “Strongly condemn Rajasthan home minister’s derogatory remarks against the former prime minister… he should be sacked from his post. BJP’s leaders r shamelessly saying whatever they want.
They hv literally crossed all the limits,” Gehlot tweeted. State’s Congress chief Sachin Pilot said the comments showed mental bankruptcy and moral decline of the BJP.
Coming under severe criticism from the Congress, the minister denied abusing Singh. “I have not stated anything maliciously against prime minister Manmohan Singh in my speech. If it has hurt somebody, I apologise,” he tweeted
Later in the row, He clarified that the term he used means wife’s brother and so is not an abuse, that it is almost a catchphrase in parts of the state.
Kataria said: “It was wrong. The word just came out while I was in the flow (of the speech). I certainly regret it. Even in Vidhan Sabha, if you ask the Opposition, I sometimes make such errors, but I do realise it.”