Bhubaneswar: Demanding dismissal of Pradeep Maharathy as Agriculture Minister for disrespecting women, BJP Mahila Morcha has decided to launch state-wide agitation on September 28 and 29.
The women activists of the party will stage demonstration at all district headquarters on September 28 and 29, BJP Mahila Morcha president Pravati Parida said.
The Morcha members also today lodged a complaint against the minister in Delang over his alleged objectionable comments against women.
Activists of the Mahila Morcha have urged the police to take stringent action against the minister. They also warned to intensify agitation and gherao the police station in case of any inaction.
The Morcha supporters of the party yesterday staged an agitation in front of Maharathy’s residence in Bhubaneswar. They also faced off with police while attempting to barge into his residence.
Maharathy, on the other hand, refused to tender apology saying that his statement was “misinterpreted”.
“I have never made any such remark insulting women. Therefore, there is no question of tendering an apology,” Maharathy told reporters.
The minister landed in soup over a video purportedly showing him making derogatory remarks against women. The video which has since gone viral quoted the minister as saying that 30,000 women have 60,000 husbands.