Maharashtra's independent legislator Prashant Paricharak was today sentenced to a 18-month suspension for making distasteful remarks on wives of Indian Army soldiers
Maharashtra’s independent legislator Prashant Paricharak was today sentenced to a 18-month suspension for making distasteful remarks on wives of Indian Army soldiers. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Maharashtra government suspended Paricharak amidst serious pressure from other parties as well as Shiv Sena. The opposition had stalled the proceedings of the Upper House for three days and had demanded action against the legislator.
BJP ally Shiv Sena had backed the demand of the opposition and wanted action to be taken against his offensive remark. Chandrakant Patil who is the House leader and state cooperation minister said that his statement was ‘ derogatory’ and ‘ condemnable’ and just an apology is not enough.
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The Maharashtra government had yesterday said it would form a committee to inquire into Paricharak’s remarks. Patil today said the options before the committee would be to either expel Paricharak from the House till his term of membership remains, award him imprisonment, bring breach of privilege motion against him, or terminate his membership permanently. LoP Dhananjay Munde then said it should be ensured that the committee submits its report by the monsoon session of Legislature. Munde in his statement also said that a message that member should be treated harshly on such comments, irrespective of what political position he holds.
Prashant Paricharak had stirred a controversy when he was addressing a rally where he said how army wives are unfaithful. According to India Today reports Paricharak had said, “Baby despite husband being away. Husband at border, wife has baby”. His comment comes in the wake of stone pelting clash which took place in Kashmir.
Prashant Paricharak was elected MLC from Solapur local authorities constituency the previous year and his term in the House is till 2022.
With Agency Inputs