Opposition demands MLC Paricharak be suspended for derogatory remarks on army wives

During an election rally in Pandharpur, Paricharak had said that while army jawans are posted on remote borders for years, their wives still deliver babies. The comments had invited wrath from all corners of the society and after the controversy Paricharak tendered an unconditional apology.

The first day of Maharashtra legislature witnessed noisy scenes over member of the legislature council Prashant Paricharak's remarks on army wives. Opposition along with Shiv Sena members demanded suspension of Paricharak and also demanded a case be registered against him. Paricharak is an independent member of the legislative council supported by BJP.

During an election rally in Pandharpur, Paricharak had said that while army jawans are posted on remote borders for years, their wives still deliver babies. The comments had invited wrath from all corners of the society and after the controversy Paricharak tendered an unconditional apology.

But the issue rocked the upper house on the first day of the Budget session with the opposition vehemently demanding Paricharak's suspension.

"The chief minister himself should initiate a proposal on the floor of the house to suspend Paricharak. We will not allow the house to function till Paricharak is suspended," said Dhananjay Munde, leader of opposition in the upper house.

BALASAHEB WOULD HAVE HANGED PARICHARAK

The Shiv Sena too joined the opposition chorus against Paricharak. Speaking on the issue Shiv Sena leader Dr Neelam Gorhe said, "Had Balasaheb (Thackeray) been alive he would have demanded hanging of Paricharak. Such statements insulting army jawans and their families should be strictly dealt with and strictest action should be taken against Paricharak."

"A member from the senior house made such derogatory remarks about army men's wives...this makes us hang our heads in shame," criticized Vidya Chavan of the NCP.

Kapil Patil, Sharad Ranpise, and Jaydev Gaikwad also spoke on the issue demanding action against Paricharak.

Meanwhile the chairperson of the house assured them that he will check the rules of the house before taking any action and a meeting in this regard will be held tomorrow at the chief minister's office. Leader of the house Chandrakant Patil, legislative affairs minister Girish Bapat will be attending the meeting.

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