Indian minister booked for racial remarks against Sonia Gandhi

Following court’s directive, police file a case against India’s junior minister Giriraj Singh for his racial comments against opposition leader Sonia Gandhi.

MUZAFFARPUR, BIHAR, INDIA (APRIL 02, 2015) (ANI) – Following court’s directive, police on Thursday (April 02) filed a case against India’s junior minister Giriraj Singh for his racial comments against opposition leader Sonia Gandhi.

Singh, junior minister for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), stoked a political controversy when he allegedly stated off-the-record that Congress party accepted Sonia, widow of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, as party chief because of her “white skin”.

“If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she (Sonia Gandhi) had not been white-skinned, would the Congress party still accept her leadership?” he had said on Tuesday (March 31).

A petitioner, Sanjay Singh, moved a lower court in eastern Bihar state against the minister.

“The court has directed the Mithanpura Police Station, where my house is located, to file a FIR (first information report) against Giriraj Singh,” said Sanjay.

Italian born Sonia Gandhi took over as party chief in 1998 after Congress party lost power. She was believed to be main power behind previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government.

The remark has invited severe criticism. Congress party workers have been staging protests in various cities demanding Singh to be dropped from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.

In northern city of Kanpur, party workers took to streets on Thursday with Singh’s photograph on a donkey’s back in protest of his racial remark.

Last year, Singh had raked up controversy by commenting that those opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan.

In another instance, Singh had again sparked a row by asking why all terrorists belonged to one community.