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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

JAIRAM RAMESH IN TROUBLE: Cong disapproves of Ramesh's act, Mani's remarks!


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July 26, 2011 / PTI, New Delhi / DC.

(TV grab) Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh wipes his shoes with a cotton garland during a function in Bikaner - PTI
(TV grab) Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh wipes his shoes with a cotton garland during a function in Bikaner - PTI.

Congress today disapproved of Union Minister Jairam Ramesh's controversial act of wiping his shoe with a garland of spun cotton given by party members while welcoming him at a public function in Rajasthan.
"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 reacting to the development.
The cotton garlands were offered to Ramesh by Congress office-bearers Rameshwar Dudi and Rampyari Vishnoi at a function yesterday.
When the minister was sitting on a chair at the dais, he took off the garlands and put them on a table.
After some time, he took a garland and cleaned his shoe.
Reacting sharply, the state BJP criticised the minister's act and demanded an apology from him saying: "The garland is a symbol of Gandhi's spinning wheel. It (the act) is an insult to Gandhi's khadi."
AICC leaders said that Dwivedi's remark was equally applicable to former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar who had described the Congress as a 'circus'.


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