BJP’s Naroda MLA Balram Thawani and NCP leader Nitu Tejwani patched up soon after a row erupted over the former allegedly thrashing and kicking the latter.
Thawani was allegedly seen kicking Tejwani when she went to his office to complain about the lack of proper water in Naroda area of Ahmedabad on Sunday.
“I had gone to meet BJP MLA Balram Thawani over a local issue but even before hearing me he slapped me. When I fell down he started to kick me. His people also beat up my husband. I ask Modi-ji, how are women safe under the BJP rule?” Tejwani was quoted as saying by ANI.
She later registered a complaint against the BJP MLA.
Following the incident, Thawani apologised and also told the press that he treats Tejwani like a “sister”.
“She’s like my sister. I have apologised to her for what happened yesterday. We have cleared out the misunderstandings between us. I have promised to help her if she ever needs any help,” he told the media.
Tejwani was also present when Thawani spoke to the press.
She later told reporters that she, too, has accepted Thawani as brother and that he slapped her “like a sister”
“Unhone bola main tujhe behn maan ke chala hoon, aur behn ki tarah hi maine tujhe thapad mara tha aur mera koi galat vichaar nahi tha. Maine unko bhaisaab maan liya hai, samadhan sabne mil kar kiya hai (He told me that he has taken me as his sister and that he slapped me as a sister and had no other intentions. I, too, have accepted him as brother. The solution was found by everyone),” Tejwani said.
Earlier today, Thawani told ANI that he “got swayed by emotions”.
“I got swayed by emotions. I accept the mistake. It was not intentional. I have been in politics for last 22 years; such thing has never happened before. I will say sorry to her,” he said before apologising to the NCP leader.
But the Congress demanded an apology from Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
“The video which surfaced is very painful and should be condemned in strictest terms. Women need to be protected from the leaders of BJP. BJP should take strict against this MLA. The Chief Minister as the leader should apologise,” said Rajeev Satav, the Congress party’s Gujarat-In-Charge, was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Niraj Badgujar, DCP, Zone-4, had earlier today said that action will be taken as both parties came to the police with their complaints.
“Both the parties have come to the police with their complaints. Further action is being taken. We’ve taken up this matter seriously, action will be taken soon,” the DCP was quoted as saying by ANI.