Congress leader Ajoy Kumar who kicked off a controversy, saying that NDA's presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu represents a "very evil philosophy of India" defending his statement said that his video bite has been doctored and is being mispresented.
The Congress leader earlier in the day had alleged that the condition of the Scheduled Castes has become "worse". "It's not about Droupadi Murmu. Yashwant Sinha is also a good candidate and Murmu is also a decent person. But she represents a very evil philosophy of India. We should not make her a symbol of 'Adivasi'. We have President Ram Nath Kovind, Hathras happened. Has he said a word? The condition of Scheduled Castes has become worse," Kumar had said.
However, the remark drew sharp reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Hours after the statement, Ajoy Kumar clarified that he has issue with NDA's views and that is what he commented on. He also said that Murmu is a good woman.
Further he alleged that Amit Malviya, who is BJP IT cell in-charge is sending doctored video. "A 1-minute vid has been cut to 17 seconds and misrepresented," he claimed.
"I've always said Murmu is a good woman. Issue is with NDA's views, that is what I commented on. Amit Malviya is BJP IT cell in-charge & is sending doctored video. A 1-minute vid has been cut to 17 seconds & misrepresented. We will tackle this issue legally," Ajoy Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Congress-led Opposition parties former union minister Yashwant Sinha has fielded against Murmu for the presidential elections on July 18.
Calling the presidential elections a "fight for the soul of the nation", the Congress leader said that all like-minded parties should vote for the Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.
Droupadi Murmu was a national executive member of BJP's ST Morcha from 2013 to 2015 and served as BJP district chief of Mayurbhanj (West) in 2010 and 2013. Between 2006 and 2009, she was chief of BJP's ST Morcha in Odisha. She was a member of the national executive of BJP ST Morcha from 2002 to 2009.
BJP's IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya wrote on Twitter, "At a time when the NDA, led by PM Modi, has announced Smt Draupadi Murmu, a woman from Adivasi samaj, as it's nominee for the President's office, a move that will significantly empower the Tribals, Congress leader calls her evil by association! Just because she is a Tribal. Shame."