"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 here when asked his reaction over the row.
Talking separately, party spokesman Rashid Alvi spoke in similar vein when asked whether there should be disciplinary action against Abhijit Mukherjee following the controversy.
"He has realised his mistake and on his own, he has expressed regret," Alvi told reporters here.
Abhijit had yesterday landed in a controversy over his description of women protesters in Delhi against the gangrape incident as 'highly dented and painted', which sparked a massive outrage with his remarks being dubbed as "sexist".
"Those who are coming in the name of students in the rallies, sundori, sundori mahila (beautiful women), highly dented and painted," Abhijit, Congress MP from Jangipur seat which the President had vacated before his election, had told a vernacular news channel.
As he came under attack for his "insensitive" remarks, Abhijit tendered an "unconditional apology" and offered to resign his Lok Sabha seat, if asked to do so by the party and the people. There were demands from women activists for his resignation.
He withdrew his comments and said they were not meant to hurt "any particular section or any particular sentiment".
Congress and Indian politics is highly dented and painted. It cannot be repaired. It has to be rebuilt.
Me and my wife will never visit India, as we would have to fear for her life. India, you may have reached first-world status regarding your economy, but socially you are still part of the third world. I am deeply sorry for you.
Abhijit Mukherjee tells all of us how he was raised. He is not a leader, just a spoiled sorry excuse for a man. As long as India's leaders doesn't have the capability of having even empathy towards it's Mothers, Daughters, and Sister's, India will continue have the same image as Pakistan. I along with my associates will boycott anything having to do to do with India as long as this worthless excuse of a male is still in office.
This man has to be punished. Mr. President and Congress needs to take a call. He should be a representative of Congress. If congress allows this then Congress should go.
It is like seeking pardon after slapping. It should not be condoned as he happens son of President and a M.P. in order to create appropriate deterrent effect in the society
I thought the goal was to strike at the roots of sexual violence. If you forgive and forget THIS, then it is an utter failure to make a connection between the daily life experience of sexually offensive comments and rape. Complacency is why we were shaken so deeply by the gang rape of December 16. Such unprofessional and offensive conduct by a public official, and not legitimate protests, are what should invite strict action by the Government. December 16th is a reminder of the brutal betrayal complacency and inaction can lead to. So how can we possibly in all good conscience allow the roots of harmful conduct to persist unchecked even if they manifest as unwelcome sexual conduct by the President%u2019s son. He must go. Post December 16, complacency is simply no longer an option.
After watching mr Mukherjee at the TV show of Arnav Goswami,I got the impression that he apologised because of uproar and not because of self realisation.He was asked does he support the movement and he kept repeating his tutored answer that he has withdrawn his comments etc.His appearance on TV seemed to me that he was told to go and say these words.The congress party has,by not taking any action against him shown their own mind set.Atleast I strongly condemn thieir approach
This feeling sorry, after the damage has been done, is akin to a man who muders his parents and pleads with the judge to have mercy on him as he is now an ORPHAN!