Day after, Cong is soft on Abhijit

Congress leaders on Friday suggested a 'forgive-and-forget' approach towards President Pranab Mukherjee's son and party MP Abhijit Mukherjee who has apologised after making controversial remarks on women protesters in Delhi against the gangrape incident.

"We should talk about good things and if someone realises his mistake, he should be supported and shown the right direction," senior party leader and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

Talking separately, party spokesman Rashid Alvi spoke in similar vein when asked whether there should be disciplinary action against Abhijit. "He has realised his mistake and on his own, he has expressed regret," Alvi said.

Abhijit landed in a controversy on Thursday over his description of women protesters in Delhi against the gangrape incident as "highly dented and painted", which sparked a massive outrage."Those who are coming in the name of students in the rallies, sundori, sundori mahila (beautiful women), highly dented and painted," Abhijit, MP from Jangipur seat which the President had vacated before his election, had told a news channel.

As he came under attack, Abhijit tendered an "unconditional apology".

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