Jammu & Kashmir National Conference chairman and Rahul Gandhi's ally Farooq Abdullah slammed the Congress leader over their derogatory comments against President Ram Nath Kovind. Speaking to Republic TV, the former J&K CM expressed sadness over the Congress leader Udit Raj's comments against President Kovind, adding that a great nation has been pulled down.
"Democracy is at the stakes. Anybody can say anything. They don't know what they are speaking. I cannot understand what is happening to this nation. Everyone has a comment of his own. One person goes on one point, others go on something else. What are we going to have in this country - a democracy or completely rubbish going on everywhere? I think I am sad over the things going on in this country. Very sad. It's unfortunate that this great nation is being pulled down by everyone," Farooq Abdullah said responding to question on the comments made by Congress leaders against President Kovind.
Earlier, newly-joined Congress leader Udit Raj, in a shameful remark, termed President Kovind as 'deaf and dumb Dalit'.
"BJP want Dalit, but it does not want a Dalit neta (minister). Ram Nath Kovind came to me with his biodata on May 20, 2014 and asked me if I could recommend him to the party (BJP) so that he could get some recognition in the party. I tried for that, after which he became the Governor and then became the President. So within the BJP, a deaf and dumb Dalit can reach any position. First he was made the national spokesperson, now he is the President. If I would have been deaf and dumb then they would have made me also Prime Minister. They want deaf and dumb. They don't want Dalit leader, but just Dalit vote," said Udit Raj.
In another shocking remark, senior Congress leader and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, on April 20, said that 'Ram Nath Kovind was made the President in order to fit in the caste factor and LK Advani was left behind'.
"I believe that it was upon Amit Shah's advice that Ram Nath Kovind was appointed as President to fit in caste factor. And Advani Sahab was left. The nation was hoping that Advani Ji will finally be regarded with the honour he deserved. Deprived," Ashok Gehlot said.