Friday, May 6, 2011

Mumbai BJP chief may land in trouble for controversial remarks -sting video of a 'paani puri' vendor

MUMBAI: BJP president of Mumbai unit Raj Purohit may come in for trouble for his remarks criticising a girl, whose sting video of a 'paani puri' vendor apparently urinating into a jug kept on his handcart, recently created a stir.

A meeting of BJP state executives organised on Monday here would decide the political fate of Purohit in the backdrop of the controversy, a source from BJP today said.

"The meeting was convened to discuss ensuing civic body polls but the controversy would be discussed. The state in-charge Venkaiah Naidu would address the meeting," a senior BJP leader said.

Even women wing of BJP has taken strong objection against the comment and demanded Purohit's resignation to the party leaders, the source said.

Purohit had taken charge of the city president last year in September. He was an MLA from South Mumbai but lost the Assembly polls in 2009. There were lot of opposition for his appointment as the president.

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

The controversy started after Purohit criticised Ankita in a public meeting saying "no Indian woman, not even women in red light areas will watch such a thing."

MNS flayed Purohit for the remarks and termed them 'vulgar'. A police case has been registered against him by Ankita at Azad Maidan police station.

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