MUMBAI: After directives from the Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP top leaders, BJP MLA Ram Kadam finally apologised on Thursday. Kadam was under attack for his controversial statement on ‘abducting girls’ three days ago.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis kept mum on the controversy, but he had asked Kadam to apologise and also not to comment on the issue. His post of the spokesperson of BJP has also been revoked temporarily.
The controversial statement may create trouble for Kadam further, as Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the BJP, also staged a protest against Kadam in Ghatkopar on Thursday.
Kadam issued a public apology on Thursday through twitter where he alleged that his remark was twisted. “My statement has been distorted and I already regretted the statement. If sentiments of mothers, sisters get hurt, I again apologise for that,” said Kadam.
Taking a suo motu cognisance of the media reports in this regard, the State Women’s Commission had issued a showcause notice to the MLA and had sought his response in next eight days.
The chairperson of the Commission, Vijaya Rahatkar, said that people’s representatives should take care while commenting. “They should take precautions and should not hurt sentiments of women,” said Rahatkar.
Kadam was first elected in 2009 on an MNS ticket. Soon after, he was suspended, along with three other MNS MLAs, for assaulting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Asim Azmi for not taking his oath in Marathi. The suspension was revoked eight months later. In 2013, he assaulted Police Sub Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi in the Vidhan Bhavan premises.
Just before the Assembly elections in 2014, Kadam shifted loyalties to the BJP and was re-elected as MLA. Later, he was appointed as one of the party’s spokespersons.