BJP boycotts Congress MP Nirupam for insulting Smriti Irani, demands Sonia’s apology

New Delhi, Dec 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam for his personal attack on television actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani during a debate on a news channel, and sought an apology from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the entire episode.

BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said Nirupam crossed all limits of decency, dignity and decorum during the debate on a television news channel yesterday by launching a personal attack on Irani.

“You know we all respect the press, television news channels and the freedom of press. Heated discussions do take place, but there is decency and dignity in it. But Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam yesterday crossed all limits of decency, dignity and decorum,” said Prasad.

“The BJP condemns the unfortunate criticism against Smritiji. This took place on a channel, which was watched by the entire country and people across the world through the medium of Internet,” he added.

Prasad demanded that Congress President Sonia Gandhi should take action against Nirupam for his unfortunate remarks against the BJP leader.

“The unfortunate comments were made by a person who is the MP of Congress Party and that too on a television channel. The BJP condemns his statements. The national president of the Congress Party is a lady. We wish that she would take appropriate action in the concerned matter and take the initiate and tender an apology for what her MP has done. If she does not, the BJP will protest against Sonia Gandhi also,” he added.

Prasad further informed that Smriti Irani has filed a defamation case against Nirupam.

“The BJP has decided that none of its spokespersons will sit with Sanjay Nirupam on any TV channel. We would boycott Sanjay Nirupam at all places. The party has taken this issue very seriously. Smriti Iraniji has also sent a legal notice to Nirupam for gross defamation and whatever legal procedures can be taken will be done in this case,” he said.

Nirupam had made some personal criticism against Irani during a debate on a television channel on Narendra Modi’s hat-trick in Gujarat. (ANI)