Trinamool Congress leader Akhil Giri apologised on Saturday after a video of him making objectionable remarks about President Draupadi Murmu went viral on social media.
Giri, a minister in the West Bengal Cabinet, was criticised widely for his comments at a gathering in West Bengal’s Nandigram.
“We don’t judge anyone by their appearance, we respect the office of the president…But how does our president look?” Giri was heard saying in the video.
#WATCH | “We don’t judge anyone by their appearance, we respect the office of the President (of India). But how does our President look?,” says West Bengal Minister and TMC leader Akhil Giri in Nandigram (11.11.2022) pic.twitter.com/UcGKbGqc7p
— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2022
In his apology on Saturday, Giri said that he respects the Constitution and the post of the president.
“For the last few months, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari has been making derogatory remarks about me which had made me angry,” Giri said in a video statement. “Whatever I said at the event in Nandigram, was out of anger. But I have deepest respect for the president of India and I apologise for my comments.”
The @AITCofficial Min. Sh. Akhil Giri, unconditionally APOLOGISES for his insensitive comment on the @rashtrapatibhvn Smt. Droupadi Murmu, & expresses his deepest RESPECT…