Political activists stage silent protest condemning ‘Balgandharva Rangmandir incident’

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NCP women workers were allegedly manhandled and beaten up by BJP supporters

Chaitraly Deshmukh-Tajane


The cadres of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) staged a silent protest in front on the statue of the Queen of Jhansi on Wednesday condemning the incident where women office bearers of NCP were allegedly manhandled and beaten up by the BJP supporters at Balgandharv.

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Talking about the incident, Prashant Jagtap, city president, NCP said, “The city of Pune is considered the cultural and educational hub of the country. In the past years, there have been many mishaps in political parties in the state and in other cities of the country but no political party has ever raised its hand against a female. Political activists in Pune have always been upholding an ideal code of conduct but two days ago, four to five BJP workers in Pune have beaten up our sisters who had gone for the Union Minister Smriti Irani’s programme. This incident is not only unfortunate but is a disgrace to the political culture of Pune.”

Advocate Rupali Patil said that NCP has laid down a code of conduct for the workers.

“We follow the teachings of our leader, Pawar Saheb. Beating our sisters is highly condemnable. This protest will send a message to all political parties and no one will dare to commit such an act again, ” said a worker.

Sangita Tiwari, a senior Congress leader also condemned the incident and said simple apology by BJP leaders Devendra Fadanvis and Chandrakant Patil for such misconduct did little justice.