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Naga CM hits out at Tharoor's 'outlandish' headgear remark

Naga CM hits out at Tharoor's 'outlandish' headgear remark

PTI Last Updated at 06 Aug 2018, 22:08 IST India

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu

Rio today took strong objection to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's "outlandish" Naga headgear remark.

Without taking Tharoor's name, the chief minister sought an apology and withdrawal of the statement.

"Nagas have rich heritage&vibrant culture.We are proud

of our history&traditions. The Naga headgear is

renowned&gifted with honour,definitely not outlandish. Mutual respect makes India a great nation. One must apologise & withdraw statements that hurt others sentiments," Rio said on Twitter.

Rio heads the Peoples' Democratic Alliance government

in Nagaland in which his Nationalist Democratic Progressive

Party and BJP are partners.

The Thiruvananthapuram MP waded into a fresh row by alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could wear all kinds of headgear, but not Muslim skull cap.

"I ask you why does our prime minister wear all sorts

of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap?

"You see him in Naga headgears with feathers. You have

seen him in various kinds of extraordinary outfits which is a

right thing for a prime minister to do. Indira Gandhi has also

been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes. But why he still always says no to one?" Tharoor said at a seminar in Thiruvananthapuram yesterday.

His comments drew a sharp response from Union

minister Kiren Rijiju, who said the Congress leader's remarks

insulted tribals and people from the North-East.

"I demand apology from the Congress Party for insulting the people of India's North East & Tribals. Shashi Tharoor described North-East people & Naga Tribal headgears as funny looking outlandish & hilarious," Rijiju, a native of

Arunachal Pradesh, said on Twitter.

"Shashi Tharoor insults the proud cultural heritage of

the people of North-East. This condescension & arrogance

towards the people of India have become hallmarks of

@INCIndia," Union Information and Broadcasting Minister

Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav also took to the

microblogging website to criticise the Congress MP.

"For Shashi Tharoor, Naga headgear is outlandish and hilarious. In his over zealous love for skull cap, Tharoor doesnt mind insulting d customs of d Nagas n other NE people," he said.

Tharoor had recently kicked up a controversy with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, would rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan".



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