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Indian minister apologizes for sexist, racist remarks on Sonia Gandhi

Xinhua, April 20, 2015 Adjust font size:

An Indian minister on Monday apologized in the parliament for his racist and sexist remarks on the country's main opposition Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi.

"If my comments have caused offence to anyone, I apologize," said Giriraj Singh, minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, following a massive uproar by the Congress party in the parliament that resumed for the budget session after a three- week break.

The minister courted controversy for saying earlier this month "If (former Indian Prime Minister) Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian lady and not a white-skinned woman, then would the Congress have accepted her (widow Sonia Gandhi's) leadership?"

The Nigerian envoy in India had then lodged a strong protest against the minister's remarks, apart from the Congress party which also demanded Singh's resignation. Endi