Cong leader announces reward for ‘cutting off’ BJP MLA’s tongue

Cong leader announces reward for ‘cutting off’ BJP MLA’s tongue
Subodh Saoji (L) and Ram Kadam (file)
Nagpur, Sep 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 11:55:22 AM IST

 A former Maharashtra minister allegedly announced a reward on Thursday for anyone who “cuts off the tongue” of BJP MLA Ram Kadam, whose “would abduct the girl a boy has liked” statement has triggered a huge controversy.

In a video of an event at Buldhana in eastern Maharashtra, Subodh Saoji, a Congress leader and a former state minister, was purportedly heard saying that Kadam’s statement was unbecoming of a legislator. “…and therefore, I am announcing a Rs 5-lakh reward for anyone who comes forward and cuts off his tongue,” he purportedly said. Saoji could not be contacted for comments.
At a “Dahi Handi” event in his Assembly constituency in Mumbai on Monday night, Kadam had told youngsters that they could tell him if they liked a girl and he would “abduct” her for them even if she rejected their proposal.
The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has issued a notice to Kadam over his remark, seeking his reply. While opposition slammed him and demanded that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis take action against him, the State Commission for Women asked for explanation from the MLA.
The Shiv Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Friday likened Kadam to the 13th century Delhi ruler Alauddin Khilji.
Case filed against Kadam in Solapur district
A non-cognisable offence was registered Friday against BJP MLA Ram Kadam in Maharashtra’s Solapur district over his controversial “will kidnap the girl” remarks.
While Kadam represents Ghatkopar constituency here, a woman social activist lodged a complaint against him at Barshi Police Station in Solapur district, said a police official.
A non-cognisable case under IPC sections 504 (insult with intention to provoke breach of peace) and 505 (B) (intent to cause fear or alarm to public) was registered against him, the official said. Police cannot start investigation of a non-cognisable offence without a court’s order. Kadam has found himself at the centre of a huge controversy following his comments at a Dahi Handi (Janmashtami) celebration in Mumbai on Monday.
A video clip showed him saying that youngsters often seek his help after girls reject their proposals.
“Come with your parents. What will I do if your parents approve? I will kidnap the girl and hand her over to you,” he was heard telling the crowd.

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