Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Tuesday apologised for his 'old wife' comment but said it was quoted out of context.
Jaiswal on Monday created a controversy as he described India´s recent victory against Pakistan in a World T20 match with new marriage.
"I was quoted out of context," Jaiswal told media.
"If anyone has been offended, I apologise," Jaiswal said.
While addressing a gathering in Kanpur on Monday, Jaiswal said: "A new victory and a new marriage have their own significance. The memories of a victory fades away with time. Similarly, an old wife loses her charm with time."
India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) crticised Jaiswal for his comments and said one can judge the standard of the Congress on the basis of these ´utterances´.
"We can judge the standard of Congress on the basis of these utterances. It showed that how low the Congress can sink," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
According to reports, BJP women workers even burnt an effigy of the minister and defaced his posters.
National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma demanded Jaiswal´s apology and said they would write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on the issue.