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Sam Pitroda resigns as chairman of Indian Overseas Congress after ‘racist’ remarks row

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has accepted his decision, announced party general secretary Jairam Ramesh.

SamNEW DELHI: Congress leader Sam Pitroda on Wednesday resigned as the chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress after his controversial remarks spurred the BJP to label the party “racist”.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on X that party chief Mallikarjun Kharge has accepted Pitroda’s decision.

“Mr Sam Pitroda has decided to step down as Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress of his own accord. The Congress President has accepted his decision,” Ramesh said in his post.

Pitroda, who held the post of chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, stoked a major controversy with his remarks during a podcast where he cited ethnic and racial identities like Chinese, Africans, Arabs and Whites to describe the physical appearance of Indians from different parts of the country.

The veteran leader was an advisor to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and has been closely associated with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, accompanying him during his foreign visits.

As the BJP made Pitroda’s remarks a poll issue, the Congress acted swiftly and distanced itself from his words, calling them “most unfortunate and unacceptable”.

With campaigning in full swing ahead of the fourth phase of polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP’s all-out attack on the Congress on Pitroda’s analogy and slammed his comments as “racist”.

He asserted that people will not tolerate the attempt to insult them on the basis of their skin colour.

At his rallies in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Modi said he is livid with the racial profiling of Indians by the US-based “philosopher and uncle of ‘Shehzada'”, and linked the Congress’s opposition to Droupadi Murmu’s presidential bid to its mindset, which saw her as an “African” because of her dark skin.

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