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Digvijaya Singh attacks media over sexist remark controversy

The Congress general secretary said media was running amok in the race for TRP.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2013 1:00:42 pm

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh,who has drawn flak for his “tanch maal” remark on party MP Meenakshi Natarajan,on Saturday hit out at the media,blaming its “TRP race” for the controversy.

“In its race for TRP rating Media is running amok. A commonly used phrase used for praising a person is being labelled Sexist! Deplorable.

“100 Tanch means 100% Pure . And media calls it Sexist ! For a change they should do some introspection instead of gunning for Politicians,” Singh commented in his two posts on the microblogging site twitter on Saturday morning.

Singh had courted a controversy when he described party MP Meenakshi Natarajan “sou tanch khara maal” (totally pure).

“Main bhi purana johri hun…rajnitigyon ki thodi si baat se pataa chal jata hai kaun farzi hai aur kaun sahi hai…yeh 100 per cent tanch maal hain (I am a veteran…i can easily identify if a politician is genuine or fake by what they say…she is 100 per cent sexy woman),” the Congress general secretary had said addressing party workers in Mandsaur town in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.

Digvijaya Singh’s remark were slammed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with party leader Vinay Katiyar saying that he had lost his mental balance and needs treatment urgently.

“We have stopped taking Digivijaya Singh seriously,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi had said.

Congress found it hard to defend Singh’s controversial statements as party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary ducked a barrage of questions saying she had not heard them.

Singh,however,had clarified on Friday that his remark meant that Natrajan was like “pure gold” and threatened to take legal action against TV channels for wrongly reporting it.

Natarajan herself said there’s nothing offensive in the comment and it was just a colloquial phase which should be seen in the context of what the leader had said.

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