Gujarat BJP MLA from Naroda, Balram Thawani, who was caught on camera thrashing a woman along with his supporters in broad-daylight, has said that he attacked the woman in the moment of heat and it was not his intention to attack her.
Speaking to media on the controversy over his video of brutally attacking the woman which has gone viral on social media now, Balram Thawani laughed and smirked on camera while saying that he has been working in the area for 22 years and this is the first time such incident has happened.
Brushing off the questions on the shocking incident when Republic TV confronted him, the Gujarat MLA counter-questioned the reporter and said that "he is accepting his mistake". He said:
"See, this incident happened at 7 pm. A lot of people came to meet me. I told my workers to give them tea-water, I am coming in 15-20 minutes. I reached the office after 20 minutes. I listened to their grievances. They were talking about the water crisis. I told them that today is Sunday, Corporation is closed. It is a matter of the corporation. I told them to come at 11 in the morning, I will call the full team along with DYMC. They had come with a pre-plan that they will fight. While this is a matter of Corporation, I still talked to them politely for atleast an hour. But someone from the pushed me and I fell out of the office. In between all this, one-two kicks touched her, I did not realise. It is my religion to respect people. It happened in the moment of heat (josh). I will protect myself, or will I not. They had been pressurising. It was not my intention to touch the woman. It happened unintentionally. I am accepting my mistake. I have been working for 22 years. In these years, it has happened for the first time."
Earlier, narrating her ordeal of the brutal incident, Nitu Tejwani, NCP leader from Naroda, said that when she went to meet Balram with other women taking their problems to the MLA. However, he and his supporters brutally assaulted her and other women, along with her husband who was trying to save them.
"I went to meet Balram bhai along with few other women with the plan to talk to him about the problem. But instead of talking to us, he slapped me and kicked me. He put his shoe on my face. My husband came and tried to save me. But then Balram bhai's supporters started hitting him. I have only requested to the Modi sarkar. Modiji says that a woman is safe in out BJP. A woman is safe when there is BJP. Where is the woman safe here?" she said.