June 2, 2023

Actor Hema Malini is the BJP MP from Mathura (File)


Token efforts to weed out the embedded misogyny in Indian political circles suffered one more blow this week when a Maharashtra minister and senior Shiv Sena chief Gulabrao Patil in contrast the roads in his constituency in Jalgaon district to actor-politician Hema Malini’s cheeks.

Meeting the minimal requirements of admonishment for middle-aged males politicians unable to rein of their public fascination with girls actors’ cheeks, the state girls’s fee has demanded an apology from him.

The video of Mr Patil’s remarks, which he made just lately whereas addressing an election assembly for the Bodhwad Nagar Panchayat polls within the district, has gone viral on social media.

During the speech, Mr Patil requested his opponents to go to his constituency to see how good the roads had been.


Gulabrao Patil is an MLA from the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. (File)

“Those who have been MLAs for 30 years should come to my constituency and see the roads. If they are not like Hema Malini’s cheeks, then I will resign,” the water provide and sanitation minister stated, apparently concentrating on former BJP chief Eknath Khadse, who was an MLA from Jalgaon for a number of years.

The Shiv Sena chief’s remark comes got here even earlier than the nation’s gender desensitised political class had an opportunity to wrap up their spherical of gasps over a Congress MLA in Karnataka advising women to “enjoy rape” whereas standing within the state meeting.

It harked again to simply three weeks in the past when one other Congress chief, Rajasthan minister Rajendra Singh Gudha, stated the roads in his constituency were like actor Katina Kaif’s cheeks. His get together colleague, former Madhya Pradesh minister PC Sharma had made a similar remark in 2019.

However, in a transfer that’s certain to discourage one thing that has taken place no less than thrice from taking place a fourth time, Rupali Chakankar, the chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, warned the minister of authorized motion if he didn’t challenge a public apology.

“The commission has taken note of the comment. If the minister doesn’t tender an apology, he will have to face legal action,” Ms Chakankar stated in a video assertion, information company PTI reported.

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