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"Won't Tolerate Disrespect On Basis Of Skin Colour": PM Slams Sam Pitroda

Tearing into the Congress over its veteran leader Sam Pitroda's fresh flub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today demanded a response from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying that the country "won't tolerate disrespect on the basis of the colour of skin".

Mr Pitroda, whose remark on an inheritance tax in the US last month left the Congress red-faced in the election season, came up with a new howler while he was trying to make a pitch for national unity despite India's diversity. In an exclusive interview with The Statesman, Mr Pitroda described India as a "... diverse country... where people on East look like Chinese, people on West look like Arab, people on North look like maybe White and people in South look like Africa".

Pushed into firefight mode, the Congress distanced itself from its senior leader's remark. "The analogies drawn by Mr. Sam Pitroda in a podcast to illustrate India's diversity are most unfortunate and unacceptable. The Indian National Congress completely dissociates itself from these analogies," senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X.

As videos of Mr Pitroda's remarks started doing the rounds on social media, the Prime Minister launched an all-out attack at a rally in Telangana's Warangal.

Repeating his "shehzade (prince)" barb for Mr Gandhi, the Prime Minister said, "Shehzade, you will have to answer. The country will not tolerate the disrespect of our countrymen on the basis of the colour of skin. Modi will definitely not tolerate it."

The BJP came out strongly against the remarks of Mr Pitroda, who heads the Congress's overseas wing. Party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told the media that Mr Pitroda's statements "show his ignorance and contempt for the fundamental identity of the country".

Source: NDTV

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