BJP MLA Ram Kadam, under fire over his “will kidnap girl” remarks, was again caught on the wrong foot after he tweeted that Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre has died.
On Friday afternoon, Kadam tweeted in Marathi about the actor’s death in the US and offering prayers for her. “Hindi and Marathi cinema actress Sonali Bendre, who once ruled millions of hearts with her scintillating performances, has passed away in the US. May her soul rest in peace,” [loosely translated from Marathi] Ram Kadam shared this message on Twitter.
He later deleted it and tweeted again, saying that it was a rumour. The message did not go unnoticed and the BJP lawmaker was widely criticised for spreading fake news and rumours. Twitter users started lashing out at Kadam saying that he had committed a crime by spreading such fake news about a living person. A screenshot of his tweet has been carried by several media outlets.
Bendre revealed in July that she has been diagnosed with a “high grade cancer” and is undergoing treatment in the US.
On Monday, Kadam sparked off a storm of protest with his remarks at a Dahi Handi (Janmashtami) celebration in Mumbai.
A video which was shared by National Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad on Twitter, shows Kadam talking to a huge gathering of men in Marathi. The MLA with a smile on his face goes on to say, “Take down my number. If you call me and say, ‘Sir, I proposed to this girl but she declined. Please help’. This [girls declining proposals] is wrong. Of course, I will help. First bring your parents, if they say they like the girl, I will kidnap her and hand her over to you,”
After the video of the event went viral on Tuesday evening, Kadam claimed he was quoted out of context and blamed the media for blowing it out of proportion. He also said that he was joking.
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