A video of Maharashtra Minister Gulabrao Patil comparing the roads in his constituency to the cheeks of Bollywood actor Hema Malini has gone viral on social media. Patil, who holds water supply and sanitation minister in the Maharashtra government, is now facing condemnation for his remarks targeting actor and BJP MP Hema Malini.
While addressing a crowd, Patil had said in Marathi, “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.”
#GulabraoPatil makes a bizarre remark, compared the roads in his constituency Dharangaon to the cheeks of #HemaMalini, suggesting they are smooth and devoid of any potholes. pic.twitter.com/sft41KtNd0
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 19, 2021
Patil had to face plenty of criticism for his comments against a woman MP. One user wrote, “Min mr Gulabrao patil says that he is admirer of Chat.Shivaji maharaj. But he must remember that chat. Shivaji maharaj dont abused women in his whole life.He dont deserve worthiness like chat.Shivaji maharaj do.First acquire fame & reputation & then admire chat. Shivaji maharaj.”
Maharashtra Commission for Women Chairperson Rupali Chakankar demanded an apology from the minister failing which a legal action would be iniated against him. “The commission has taken note of the comment. If the minister doesn’t tender an apology, he will have to face legal action, ” news agency PTI quoted Chakankar as saying.