New Delhi: The Communist Party of India on Saturday demanded the withdrawal of US Vice-Consul in Chennai Maureen Chao for her "racist" comments on Tamils and asked the Government to lodge a "strong protest" with the US in this regard.

Party national secretary D Raja said the remarks of "dirty and dark" Tamilians by US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao were "uncalled for".

"The Indian Government should lodge a strong protest with the US in this regard. The US should withdraw her from here," he said.

"The remarks show the racist nature of the official even during Barack Obama's Presidency. This cannot be tolerated," he said.

Addressing students at SRM University in Chennai on Friday, Chao had said: "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to Orissa. But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination... and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians."

Going into a damage-control mode following her controversial remarks, the US Consulate here said, "During the speech Ms Chao made an inappropriate comment. Ms Chao deeply regrets if her unfortunate remarks offended anyone, as that was certainly not her intent".

The Consulate said in a release that the Diplomat was describing "positive memories from her own study abroad experiences in India 23 years ago".

(Agencies)