RR Patil the Senior NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home Minister has sparked a major controversy for saying that an MNS leader jailed for rape could have waited for the assembly elections to get over before committing the alleged crime.
While addressing supporters at Sangli on Friday Mr Patil said, “MNS has fielded a candidate. Today MNS activists met me and said they would back me (in the elections). When I asked them why, they said their candidate is in jail. I asked what good act has he done? They told me that a rape case has been registered against him. If he wanted to contest and become an MLA, he should have committed rape after the elections”.
His remarks led to a huge outrage, prompting him to issue an apology.
Mr Patil said, “If you hear my comment fully, you will understand in what context it was made. It was a sarcastic criticism of a rival candidate, who has a criminal background… There is no question of my insulting women. In case I hurt anybody’s sentiments, I tender an apology”.