After Thawani faced heat, he made a complete U-turn in the incident. He said he will seek an apology.
Naroda: A BJP MLA from Gujarat was caught on camera assaulting a woman on a busy street. The thrashing and kicking continued even as the woman was seen writhing in pain.
The victim herself is a political activist of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Though a truce seemed to have been reached between the two after the woman was seen tying a rakhi on her assaulter’s wrist, the question remains: will BJP take action against Balram Thawani?
#WATCH BJP's Naroda MLA Balram Thawani kicks NCP leader (Kuber Nagar Ward) Nitu Tejwani when she went to his office to meet him over a local issue yesterday. Nitu Tejwani has registered a complaint against the MLA. #Gujarat pic.twitter.com/dNH2Fgo5Vw— ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2019
Who is Balram Thawani?
Thawani, who was spotted in the video which has gone viral, is a BJP legislator. The NCP supported has been identified as Nitu Tejwani.
Tejwani reportedly went to meet him to register her protest over water supply in Ahmedabad's Naroda area. She was not only kicked but punched by the Naroda BJP MLA.
The victim is later quoted to have said, “I went to meet Balram to discuss the lack of proper water in the area. Without saying anything, he (Balram) came and started slapping and thrashing me. When my husband saw this, he came to my rescue. Immediately, some of Balram’s supporters came from inside and started thrashing my husband with sticks. Ladies who were protesting along with me were also brutally beaten up by Balram and his supporters".
Rowdy neta's U-turn
After Thawani faced heat, he made a complete U-turn in the incident. He said he will seek an apology. “I got swayed by emotions, I accept the mistake…it was not intentional. I have been in politics for the last 22 years, such a thing has never happened before. I will say sorry to her,” the MLA had told news agency ANI.
Shortly, after the incident, Thawani and Tejwani seem to have buried the hatchet. They were both seen smiling together. Even Tejwani tied a rakhi on her assaulter's wrist and the rowdy BJP neta fed her sweets.
Balram Thawani, BJP MLA who was caught on camera kicking a woman NCP leader in Naroda: She's like my sister, I have apologized 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 #Gujarat pic.twitter.com/sAF9Jm6ZXB— ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2019
But the biggest question that remains unanswered is: Can an MLA get away so easily without any punitive action? The BJP has been extremely tight-lipped about possible actions on the MLA.
Moreover, the BJP sources insist that it was sorted over rakhi and sweets, however how bizarre it may sound.
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