New Delhi: After being reprimanded by Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his casteist slur at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharati, CP Joshi on Friday apologised for his controversial comment. Issuing a brief statement, Joshi said,”Respecting the ideals of the Congress and the sentiments of the party workers, I express remorse for my statement if it caused any hurt to the sentiments of any section of the society.”

Earlier in the day, Rahul in a tweet had distanced Congress party from Joshi’s “only brahmins know and can talk about Hinduism” statement. “His (CP Joshi)’s statement is against the principles of Congress party. Neta’s must not make statements that hurt people’s sentiments. Keeping in mind the ethos and principles of the Congress, Joshi ji must have realised his mistake. He should regret his statement,” Gandhi tweeted.

Notably, the controversy erupted after CP Joshi, while addressing a gathering at Sema village in Rajsamand district  claimed that PM Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism. “Uma Bharti, who belongs to the Lodi samaj, is talking about Hindu religion. Narendra Modi too belongs to some other religion and talks about Hinduism,” Joshi had said.

Following his derogatory remarks, the BJP had asked the Congress chief to sack Joshi with immediate effect.

“Congress leaders discuss things behind closed doors and when they get exposed, they ask people to apologise.  Rahul Gandhi ji you have been caught red-handed. You should immediately sack CP Joshi, sack him within one hour,” BJP’s Sambit Patra had demanded in the day.