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R R Patil – A serial offender

RR Patil was always a disgrace for Maharashtra as a Home Minister; earlier also he was forced to step down in the wake of 26/11 for saying “such small incidents happen in big cities”. He once again showed his wisdom and sensitiveness during a poll rally near Sangli. He said that his MNS rival, who is in police custody on charges of rape, “could have raped after the election”. Political leaders have no control on their tongue, as they know nothing will happen to them .They are born to rule the country inspite of saying anything. They have no respect for common man including woman in this country. They say anything what comes to their mouth and afterwards when it creates outrage they blame the media for the same. Now, he has become a serial offender. After 26/11, he made an insensitive comment suggesting ‘small incidents do happen in big cities’. Then, after Shakti Mill compound rape incident, he said ‘should I give protection to all journalists’. Now, in poll mode, he is trying to be cocky by suggesting that his counterpart in MNS should have raped after the polls. He should be voted out on October 15 by the people. NCP leaders have “tendency” to make such controversial statements, “urination in dam” comment was made by former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and a “double voting” remark was made by the NCP chief Sharad Pawar ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

NCP leaders are not good orators but they are good paymasters, this might be the reason why they are elected again and again in the state. Rural Maharashtra’s population is its vote bank. From sugar factory to pat peti owners are NCP leaders. NCP is a corrupt party, that’s why it is liked by most of the businessmen and small time kingpins. NCP has not contributed anything extra ordinary for the state. They are known for the corruption and crime.

Most of the leaders of NCP and Congress in Maharashtra are arrogant. Previously, Ajit Pawar, the deputy CM of Maharashtra state also made similar controversial statement. NCP leaders are known for their bluntness. Sarcasm is that even people in the rally cheer for their leaders by getting charged and thrilled with such insensible comments. The society is sick. This does explain his thinking level. We are electing these people and accepting them as our leaders. Political leaders can say anything to the people of the country because it is the people who have given them the power to say such words. They are criminals of the society; however there are some good leaders also.

R R Patil’s tendency of putting his foot in the mouth is well known and well documented. It is equally true that humour and sarcasm is dying due to the sheer stupidity of some journalists who cannot understand anything. R R Patil has done it one more time and with the elections round the corner, one can presume that the opposition will play it up to the hilt. His loss in the elections is likely but one never knows about the public mood. Many journalists think that they know everything about anything and can comment as experts and ask questions to anybody and that they must get the answers they seek and want and in the manner they wish.

Many political leaders enjoyed the lime light attacking Patil. However, Patil said he regretted the statement and had no intention of insulting women. “I regret if anybody is hurt due to my statement. However, I must say that by no means was I making a statement against women.” He was actually criticising MNS candidate Sudhakar Khade. Crimes such as possessing illegal weapons and molestation are registered against him. Patil was telling people that a rape case has been registered against him. He made the comment sarcastically, but the opposition candidates and media made mountain out of a molehill. Anyways, Khade had been booked in a rape case in 2007, but was acquitted in 2009. R R Patil again used his influence and got him booked in a false rape case (on October 3) and got his wife booked in an atrocity case. Both these offences mean immediate arrest. It only shows that they are scared of MNS. Nobody from that party had gone to meet R R Patil.

All said and done, we all might have pulled this entire episode like Ekta Kapoor’s soaps, but still R R Patil is in NCP and he is contesting and also campaigning for his party. All those who were blabbering on moral grounds about Patil, have forgotten the topic and moved on. This is the attitude of “we the people” that is the reason leaders don’t mind to be serial offenders.

Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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