Pradeep Pattanayak

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Sunday staged a protest against Congress leader Udit Raj who arrived at Rourkela to take part in a party programme. 

The Congress leader had to face the ire of the saffron party workers for his derogatory remarks against President Droupadi Murmu. 

As a rally was passing through Nayabazaar Chowk, the saffron party workers, who were waiting there, hurled eggs at Raj’s car. 

The Congress leader was also shown black flags. It was when police reached the spot and tried to dissuade the BJP party workers from opposing the leader that a scuffle ensued between the former and the latter. 

It is pertinent to mention here that, in a tweet, the Congress leader had on October 5 said, “No country should get a President like Droupadi Murmu. This is the height of ‘Chamchagiri’. She says 70% of the people eat Gujarat’s salt. You will get to know the truth if you start living by consuming salt.”

For his taking a dig at the President, Raj found himself in the soup. 

Launching a blistering attack on the Congress leader, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra had said it only reflected the party’s anti-tribal mindset. 

Meanwhile, National Commission for Women (NCW) has summoned Udit Raj for his derogatory remark against the President. 

Following the backlash, Udit Raj took to his Twitter and said, “My statement as regard to Draupadi Murmu is mine and has nothing to do with Congress. Her candidature & campaign were in the name Adivasi, it doesn’t mean she is no longer Adivasi. My heart cries that when SC/ST reaches to higher position, they ditch their communities and become mum.”