Mumbai BJP chief's remarks 'vulgar', says MNS



Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Thursday flayed Mumbai BJP president Raj Purohit for criticising a girl, whose sting video of a 'paani puri' vendor apparently urinating into a jug kept on his handcart, recently created a stir.

"The remarks by Purohit are vulgar. The girl is a collegian and comes from a cultured family. Purohit, who represents a key political party, should have thought twice before speaking such rubbish," MNS group leader in Legislative Assembly, Bala Nandgaonkar said.

Nandgaonkar was responding to Purohit's comments during a hawkers' event here recently that the girl who shot the video was "shameless enough to watch a man urinate."

"No Indian woman, not even women in red light areas will watch such a thing," Purohit had said.

After the video was aired by TV news channels, MNS workers, reigniting their agitation against north Indians, attacked bhelpuri and paani puri vendors, mostly migrants from UP and Bihar.

A 59-year-old paani puri vendor in adjoining Thane was detained last month for allegedly peeing into a small utensil that he otherwise used to serve his customers, after Ankita Rane, the 19-year old student, captured the rather disgusting act on camera from a nearby balcony.

When residents in the area saw the video she had recorded, they first beat up the vendor before taking him to the police station.

"Purohit's remarks come at a time when Maharashtra is celebrating its golden jubilee, and women hold key posts, including that of the President, Lok Sabha Speaker and chief of ruling party," Nandgaonkar said. Purohit should remember that leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha is a woman from his party, he said.

PTI