Markandey Katju apologises for his remarks on Odisha
"I said I had written my post in a lighter vein. However, if Odia people are feeling hurt I apologise. I had no intention to hurt their feelings, and was only joking, just as I had joked about Biharis, Tamilians, etc..," Katju said in his Facebook post
Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Friday apologised for his controversial statements on Odisha and its people.
After facing the ire in social media, Katju came up with his apology via Facebook. In his post, Katju said, he felt sorry for his his remarks, adding he would never visit the state again.
"I said I had written my post in a lighter vein. However, if Odia people are feeling hurt I apologise. I had no intention to hurt their feelings, and was only joking, just as I had joked about Biharis, Tamilians, etc..," Katju said.
In a damage control effort, Katju said, "When I went to Odisha, where I have been many times, I marvelled at the sight of the Konarak and Lingaraj temples."
Earlier, Katju found himself in the middle of a storm, when he posted, "What is there to write about these (Odiya) poor chaps? Ever since they got a thrashing at the hands of Ashoka in the battle of Kalinga, they have been a dejected lot. Now all they have with them are a lot of pots (Patras), big pots (Mahapatras) and supposedly intelligent kings (Patnaiks)."
This is not the first time, Katju had hogged headlines for his controversial statements.
Earlier, he came up with an equally offensive comment on Bihari’s when he said, "We offer you Kashmir but you should take Bihar also. "
A JD(U) MLC lodged a sedition case against Katju, saying that he urged to give away Kashmir to Pakistan. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar rubbished him, saying that the former SC judge is playing the role of 'Mai-Baap' (guardian) of the state.
Responding to Katju’s remarks, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav said, his remarks have hurt the sentiments of Bihari’s. "Bihar has always shown the way to the country in good and bad times," added Yadav.