Congress Kerala chief Mullapally Ramachandran, who sparked a row over his remarks towards state Well being Minister Okay Okay Shailaja on Saturday mentioned he stood by his phrases and there was no query of apologising.
He had on Friday alleged that Ms Shailaja was making an attempt to get the label of “COVID Rani” (COVID Queen).
The KPCC president had additionally mentioned that through the Nipah outbreak, Ms Shailaja camped in Kozhikode as a ”visitor artist” and tried to develop into the ”Nipah Rajkumari” (Nipah princess).
The CPI(M) had slammed the remarks as sexist and demanded an unconditional apology from him.
“What I’ve mentioned is true. I stand by my phrases and haven’t insulted anybody,” Mr Ramachandran informed reporters, a day after his phrases kicked up a storm.
“I’m not going to apologise,” he mentioned.
The previous union minister mentioned some phrases from his speech had been ”cherry-picked” by the media and a marketing campaign was occurring towards him and requested what was unsuitable along with his remarks.
The credit score for efficiently tackling the Nipah virus, which claimed 17 lives in 2018, ought to go to medical doctors, nurses, Asha and Anganwadi staff, he mentioned, including the minister had solely held evaluate conferences on the visitor home and had not achieved something considerable.
The Congress veteran additionally referred to articles in numerous international media, describing Ms Shailaja as a “Rock Star” and “Corona slayer” and requested what was unsuitable with phrases like “Rani” and “Rajkumari” and mentioned he stood by his remarks.
As he confronted widespread criticism over the remarks, Ramachandran mentioned he was not an individual to make statements towards ladies and had at all times stood within the forefront for his or her welfare and revered them.
In the meantime, requested for his response, AICC Common Secretary Okay C Venugopal, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan, mentioned in Delhi that he was not conscious of what the KPCC President had mentioned.
State Ladies’s Fee Chairperson M C Josephine additionally criticised the KPCC president for his ”anti-women” remarks towards the well being minister and demanded his apology.
The Democratic Ladies’s Affiliation took out a march to Mr Ramachandran’s home at Vatakara and protested towards the remarks.