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‘Nirmala ji is like my sister’: Adhir Ranjan says sorry for ‘Nirbala’ remark | India News


NEW DELHI: Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday apologised for his ‘Nirbala’ remark made against Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament.
Participating in the discussion on Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill earlier this week, Chowdhury in a swipe at the finance minister had said she has become weak and called her ‘Nirbala Sitharaman’.
“During discussion in the House I had addressed our finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman as ‘Nirbala’. Nirmala ji is like my sister and I am like her brother. If my words have hurt her I am sorry,” Adhir Ranjan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The Congress leader’s remarks had led to immediate protest by the BJP members. Speaker Om Birla had ruled that any unparliamentary remark would be removed from the records.
Later during her reply, Sitharaman did not directly refer to Chowdhury’s comment but concluded her speech by saying she still is Nirmala and “sabla” (empowered).
“Under this government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, women are sablas,” Sitharaman said.
BJP leader Poonam Mahajan had slammed the Congress leader for his remarks.
“You are nirbal (weak) as you stand for one family. You are weak as you call the prime minister an infiltrator,” she had said amid noisy protests by BJP members.
The treasury benches had sought an apology from Chowdhury for his remarks.

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