Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan had a foot in the mouth moment on Wednesday when he made a derogatory remark on women. Mahajan was heard suggesting that using feminine names for liquor brands will increase the sales of alcohol.
Realising that his remark could be in bad taste, he immediately apologized and said that the comment was made in a lighter vein and that he had no intentions of hurting the sentiments of women.
Mahajan, who handles the portfolio of water resources, made the comment at an event organized in the Nandurbar district of Maharashtra.
"If you want alcohol or any products' demand to rise, name it after a woman and see how demand soars," he had said on Saturday while attending an event of a sugar factory which also produces liquor under the brand name 'Maharaja'.
"I regret my remarks. I express my apologies. It wasn't my intention to hurt women's sentiments," said Mahajan. "This (my remarks) is a mistake which happened unintentionally. It was not my intention to hurt anyone," he added.
At a press conference organized hurriedly, he said that ‘What he said wasn't aimed at causing pain to women.’ "It was said in the flow of things, in a lighter vein," he told the reporters.
Following the comment, a police complaint was filed against Girish Mahajan in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
Ministers across the state and of other political parties took the opportunity to condemn Mahajan for his statement.
NCP state spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "I think the minister is a habitual drinker and we appeal to all the women in Maharashtra to come out and fight against such a mindset."
Even Shivsena’s mouthpiece Saamna took a jibe at Mahajan through its editorial.
"In a lot of places in Maharashtra, women are protesting against the sale of liquor. Despite being aware of it, Mahajan made these remarks which is unfortunate," read the editorial.
Information source: huffingtonpost