Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria stirred up a controversy on Sunday when he allegedly used foul language against former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
While addressing workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Churu district, Kataria reportedly said, “Unimportant people used to receive sa-- PM Manmohan Singh visited the United States.” Some reports even claimed tha he used foul words eight times in 32 minutes.
“Jab Desh ka pradhan mantra Manmohan Singh america utarta tha, toh sa-- ko receive karne ke liye aera-gera nathu khera mantra airport se jakar ke le ke aata tha," Kataria was quoted as saying. The whole speech was caught on camera, putting the minister and the Vasundhara Raje government in a tight spot.
Kataria was referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's influence as a world leader when he got carried away and lashed out at the Congress leader.
The minister, however, denied abusing Manmohan. “I have not stated anything maliciously against prime minister Manmohan Singh in my speech. If it has hurt somebody, I apologise,” he later said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Congress reacted sharply to his remarks and demanded that the minister be sacked from the cabinet.