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Maharashtra Minister Chandrakant Patil inked for comment on BR Ambedkar


Ink has been thrown at Maharashtra minister and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil


Maharashtra minister and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil was inked in the nearby town of Pimpri on Saturday in apparent protest at his controversial remark about Dr BR Ambedkar and the reformer social Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.

Police have arrested the man who threw ink at Patil and further investigation is underway, Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Ankush Shinde said.

Commenting on the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Patil’s statement was misunderstood by people.

Video of the incident showed a man throwing ink at party leader Bharatiya Janata as he exited a building. Security personnel around the minister immediately seized the man.

Prior to the inkjet incident, some protesters also tried to show black flags to the minister’s convoy in Pimpri.

Speaking in Marathi at an event in Aurangabad on Friday, Patil, who is the Minister of Higher and Technical Education, had said that Ambedkar and Phule were not asking for government grants for educational institutions, they ” pleaded” with people to raise funds to open schools and colleges.

The use of the word “begged” has caused controversy.

Speaking in Nagpur, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said the Pimpri incident was very unfortunate and Patil’s statement was misunderstood.

Even if Patil used the wrong word, you have to try to figure out what he meant, Fadnavis told reporters.

All he was trying to convey was that people like Dr Ambedkar or educator Bhaurao Patil did not receive government money to run educational institutes, BJP leader said .

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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