The Congress has disapproved of Union Minister Jairam Ramesh wiping his shoe with a garland of spun cotton presented to him by party members at a public function in Rajasthan on Monday.
“In the life of a nation, there are certain symbols and one should be more careful and sensitive about them,” AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said on Tuesday.
The garlands were offered by Congress office-bearers Rameshwar Dudi and Rampyari Vishnoi. While sitting on a chair on the dais, he took off the garlands and put them on a table. Later, he took a garland and cleaned his shoe.
The BJP criticised the Minister’s act and demanded an apology. AICC leaders said Mr. Dwivedi’s remark was equally applicable to the former Union Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had described the Congress as a “circus.” Hindu