Shiv Sena’s senior political leader and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar kicked off a fresh controversy as a video went viral on Tuesday in which he can be seen manhandling a woman. According to report by ABP news, the incident took place on Sunday when Mahadeshwar went to attend the funeral of mother-son duo allegedly electrocuted in Santacruz.
Mala Nagam (50) came in contact with live wire when she was returning back home with her 20 year old son Sanket amid heavy rainfall. Watching his mother getting electrocuted, Sanket came for rescue and got electrocuted too. The mother-son duo was then rushed to hospital where the doctor announced them dead. Following the incident, angry relatives and local people staged ‘Rasta Roko Andolan’ (Road Block Protest) on Western Express Highway bringing traffic to standstill.
On Monday, when Mayor Mahadeshwar visited to pacify bereaved family, he was stopped by a group of people who seemed to be objecting his presence. As per Mumbai Mirror’s report, a woman was heard saying that the duo died because of Waterlogging in their area. While another woman questioned him why he hadn’t come for their aid when they needed him, to this Mahadeshwar replied that he was present in the hospital.
However, in the video which went viral on the social media, Mahadeshwar allegedly twisted the hand of the woman who approached him to say something. He also told her, “Don’t act smart, you don’t know who I am.”
Make his resign or sack him!
Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar manhandled a woman when he had gone to visit a family of the mother-son duo electrocuted in Santacruz. In the video here is seen twisting her hand & saying, “Don’t act smart, you don’t know who I am.” @ShivSena pic.twitter.com/6cArPhu7lp
— Mrs Anjali Damania (@anjali_damania) August 6, 2019
The video sparked widespread outrage and leaders from the opposition party condemned his act. Nawab Malik, the Mumbai chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said, “Is this how one behaves with a woman? He is acting like a goon in front of the crowd that is mourning the death of two innocent people due to the apathy of the civic body. He must immediately extend an apology to the woman.”
“The Mayor should be booked for sexual harassment. The people of Mumbai are suffering due to the civic body’s disastrous performance this monsoon and are expressing their anger. This Mayor can’t even show the patience to hear them out,” said Congress state working president Yashomati Thakur. She also demanded Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to penalise Mahadeshwar.
Mayor who was, not ready to address media gave a statement on Wednesday. In his statement he said that he himself is a teacher and he knows how to behave with whom. “I have a mother, wife and daughter, therefore I know well how to behave. The unfortunate incident on Sunday was not because of rain water, but due to an electric wire in the house getting stuck to an iron door, which led to electrocution of mother and son,“ he said.