Mumbai, April 14: A Maharashtra member of legislative assembly stirred up the hornet's nest with his controversial remark on yesteryear's popular Bollywood actress-turned-politician, Hema Malini.
In order to reject the general perception that farmers' commit suicide due to their drinking habit, Bacchu Kadu, an Independent MLA from the Achalpur constituency of Maharashtra, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament was a heavy drinker, but she did not commit suicide.
"People say farmers commit suicide due to drinking, which is absolutely incorrect," Kadu was quoted as saying by ANI.
He added, "75% of MLAs drink, journalists drink. Hema Malini drinks heavily daily, did she commit suicide?"
The BJP has strongly protested against the MLA's remark. "Malini is a well-known figure across the globe, apart from being an MP. These statements are uncalled for. Farmers commit suicide not just because of bad crops. There are various reasons behind it," Priti Gandhi, national executive member of BJP's Mahila Morcha, said.
According to reports, over 200 farmers have committed suicide only in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra in the first three months of 2017. The BJP in alliance with the Shiv Sena is running the government in Maharashtra.