Giriraj's remarks on Sonia spark row, Congress demands his sacking

"Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her leadership?," he told journalists on Tuesday.

Various women leaders also attacked Singh, who is Minister of State for micro, small and medium enterprises, saying it reflected his racial mindset and attitude towards women.

The minister, who had courted controversies in the past with remarks during Lok Sabha elections like people opposed to Narendra Modi can go to Pakistan, also mocked Rahul Gandhi's absence from the political scene and likened it to the "missing Malaysian airliner".

"Imagine a situation, if Congress was in power instead of us and had Rahul been the Prime Minister, and if for some reason, the PM had disappeared for more than 47 days. Absence of Congress Vice President is similar to that of the missing Malaysian airliner that still has not been located,” he said.

“The same way the Congress leader was not present in the Budget Session. No one in Congress is ready to speak. This is unfortunate for the Congress and a joke for the country,” he added.