New Delhi: Shortly after Congress rresident Rahul Gandhi on Friday disapproved of party leader CP Joshi's remarks that have been termed as casteist, and asked him to express regret – Joshi issued an unconditional apology to "any section of the society" he may have hurt.

In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul said Joshi's remarks do not reflect, and are contrary, to the ideals of the Congress party, as he urged party leaders to refrain from making such statements.

"CP Joshi's remark is contrary to the Congress party's ideals. Party leaders should not give such statement that hurts any segment of the society," he said. "While respecting the Congress party's principles and the sentiments of party workers, I am sure Joshiji will realise his mistake. He should express regret over his remarks," Gandhi said on Twitter.

Addressing a poll meeting in Rajasthan on Thursday, Joshi had reportedly said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MP Uma Bharti and Hindu activist Sadhvi Ritambhara are from "lower castes" and know nothing of Hinduism. He said it is the Brahmins who are learned and know of Hinduism.

The remarks come ahead of Assembly elections in Rajasthan on December 7 and Madhya Pradesh on November 28 and have the potential of alienating lower caste voters.

With PTI inputs