Gavit was seen using foul language with students of Jamnalal Goenka Dental College in Akola. He was also seen shooing the students away from his chamber in the state secretariat in a video accessed a by a Marathi news channel.
Gavit is a former professor of medicine who represents the tribal-dominated Nandurbar assembly constituency in northern Maharashtra.
The incident occurred after the students of the college asked the minister to ensure that they were accommodated in other colleges after their college was de-recognised by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and the Dental Council of India (DCI) for not meeting the standards sets in terms of infrastructure and staff members.
"Baaher za mhantala na! Zaa to ka nahi? Naahitar hot asel te pan mee karnar naahi (Didn't I tell you to leave? Are you leaving or not? Otherwise I won't even do what is possible for me)," Gavit was heard telling the students in the video. He was also heard adding that it was for him that the student had some hope. When the students asked him not to swear and handle their case with care, he said he would not show any sympathy and asked the students to get their own arrangements done.
The minister also reportedly told the students that he could not do anything for them and asked them not to approach him again and again. He said this when the students requested Gavit to help them get accommodation in some other college since their careers were at stake following the de-recognition of their institute. The minister was also heard daring the students to go to the court in a contempt case.
The deputy chief minister remarked a few days ago that he could not do anything if there was no water in the dams in the drought-hit state. "Should I urinate in the dam?", he mocked, while speaking in reference to a farmer who went on a hunger strike protesting the lack of availability of water. The incident had sparked off a huge controversy and not only Pawar but even NCP chief Sharad Pawar had to apologise for the remark.