"Arre, listen to me baby.. listen to me," Karni Sena member Suraj Pal Amu on Thursday kicked off a row after disrespecting a woman Television news anchor during live show and refusing to apologise.
Karni Sena member Suraj Pal Amu on Thursday kicked off a row after disrespecting a woman Television news anchor during live show and refusing to apologise. Video of the incident has gone viral. Amu, while arguing with News X anchor Sanjana Chowhan, said: “Arre, listen to me baby.. listen to me, Tehseen Poonawalla is a member of Congress, he is a spokesperson of Congress.” To this, Chowhan replied, “I don’t take sides, and secondly you won’t call me baby.” The heated debate didn’t end here, Chowhan added: “You people talk of respecting women and speak to women like this, how dare you call me a baby, apologise to me right now.” However, Amu remained defiant and said, “M Tumhare Baap ka naukar nahi hu” ( I am not your father’s servant).
Amu, national secretary of the Shree Karni Sena, was recently detained by Gurugram police for questioning the anti-“Padmaavat” violence in the city. Recently, Amu had threatened to burn down any movie theatre that screened Padmavati. Amu recently stepped down from the post of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief media coordinator. Speaking to ANI, he also revealed what’s next on his mind. Amu said, “Now my dream is to slap (former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister) Farooq Abdullah on Lal Chowk, I challenge him to meet me there.” Amu grabbed media’s attention after making derogatory remarks against Bhansali, Padmavati actress Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh. He had announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for beheading the actress following which, the state BJP president Subhash Barala on November 20 had issued show-cause notice to the now-former Haryana BJP media chief, “for giving a statement contrary to the party line”.
Amu has also been at loggerheads with senior party leaders. After resigning, Amu attacked the Khattar government in Haryana. He said,”I am pained at the behavior of Haryana CM (Khattar). I have never seen a BJP CM so arrogant who doesn’t respect party workers and community representatives.” He added that he had resigned with a “heavy heart”.
Amu further said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had ‘insulted’ Rajputs by not agreeing to ban Padmavati in the state. “The BJP had given me chance to work with senior leaders not only from Haryana but also from the Centre…Now, I have started feeling that the Chief Minister doesn’t need dedicated workers and office-bearers anymore. There is a group of unwanted persons around the Chief Minister which has been keeping the dedicated workers away from him for the past three years,” Amu mentioned in a letter to CM.
Watch Video | Surajpal Amu calls NewsX anchor as ‘baby’ (Video Courtsey: News X)
Earlier, Khattar had said that Haryana will take a decision on permitting screening of film ‘Padmavati’ in the state after it gets clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Amu’s comments on ‘Padmavati’ team had ignited controversy and had also led him to get booked by police in Gurgaon.
He had also threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying the TMC chief would face a fate similar to Surpanakha if she continued to support Bhansali’s magnum opus. The reaction came after Banerjee had tweeted in support of the film ‘Padmavati’. “We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” she wrote on Twitter.