Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday has been forced apologise for his shocking 'gandi nali' remark made against PM Narendra Modi in the Parliament. In the afternoon, he had said that Indira Gandhi cannot be compared to PM Narendra Modi as it would be like comparing 'Ganga Maa' with 'gandi naali'.
However, giving a series of bizarre excuses for making the 'gandi naali' (sewer) comment, he has now said that he will apologise to PM Modi if he is hurt due to his speech.
He said that he was enraged over a BJP MP comparing Swami Vivekanand to Narendra Modi and had said that it would be like comparing that Gangaa to a channel (which is also called nali in Hindi)
Here's his explanation:
"You are certainly misunderstanding me. I did not say to gandi nali I said nali. If he is hurt by my choice of words, I too feel bad.
In Bengal, Swami Vivekanand is considered as a God. A BJP lawmaker put Narendra Modi in the same pedestal as Swami Vivekanand just because the Swami Vivekanand's former name was Narendra Dutt... they were provoking me and hence I told them that it was like comparing Ganga with a nali. This does not mean I said something to hurt the Prime Minister's feelings. If he is hurt I will apologise. I did not make personal attack at him. My Hindi is not good. Naali means channel, not sewer. I will be happy if the comment is expunged. I did not have remotest intention to disrespect my Prime Minister. My intention was to not allow the disrespect of Swami Vivekanand," he said,
It was reported earlier that Chowdhury, while speaking in the Lok Sabha called Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'gandi naali' while saying how he cannot be compared to Indira Gandhi, The remark had caused an uproar in the Lower House.
While saying there's no comparison between Indira Gandhi and PM Modi, Chowdhury said, "Kahan Maa Ganga, Kahan Gandi Naali (one is Mother Ganges, other is a sewer).
He was speaking during the Motion of Thanks to the President in the Lok Sabha