MNS rejects Jaya Bachchan's apology

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Mumbai, Sep 9: Bollywood actor and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan apologised on Monday, Sep 8 for 'anti-marathi' utterances made on the audio release of the film 'Drona' after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists raged against the comment made by the actress by tearing posters of films featuring family members of Bachchan family. Jaya, said that comments made by her were completely unintentional and that no one should take them seriously. She said, "I am extremely sorry if any of my comments have hurt the sentiments of the people here. It was said casually and without any prejudice. I have the deepest regard for the state and its language. I can even speak Marathi well and I will have respect for the state till the end of my life."

My apology would nevertheless help assuage the sentiments of all Marathi-speaking people, she added.

MNS had threatened to stop screening of Bachchan films if Jaya Bachchan failed to apologise.

MNS leader Shishir Shinde rejecting Jaya's apology, said that she had spoken before just a handful of non-Marathi media journalists. Shinde told Marathi media persons Tuesday, Sep 9 that Jaya must call a press conference where Marathi newspapers and channels are invited and then apologise before them.

There were reports of acts of hooliganism from different parts of Maharashtra like Akola, Nanded and Yavatmal districts, the police said.

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