Days after his “go home and cook” remark against Baramati NCP MP Supriya Sule, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Sunday tendered an apology to the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW).
“The commission had sent a notice to Patil over his comments against Sule and he had responded by apologising for the remarks, which he said were made out of disappointment over the OBCs not getting a political reservation,” MSCW Chairperson Rupali Chakankar said.
Meanwhile, Sule also urged to close the matter. “Dada has shown large-heartedness and we must end the matter here,” said Sule, the daughter of NCP founder-President Sharad Pawar.
“The commission has instructed him that henceforth, before speaking on any women, he should be cautious. He should not make any statement which would hurt women’s self-respect,” said Chakankar.
Last week, during a protest march in Mumbai, Patil said: ““Why are you even in politics? Just go home and cook. Go to Delhi or to a cemetery, but get us the OBC quota. Despite being a Lok Sabha member, how come you don't know how to get an appointment with a Chief Minister?”.
He was responding to what Sule said earlier on the issue. "The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chauhan) came to Delhi and met someone... I don't know what suddenly happened over the next two days and they got a go ahead for OBC reservations,” Sule said.
However, the statement of Patil was condemned by many and Lok Sabha women MPs -cutting across party lines - sided with Sule. Several women groups and top politicians too condemned Patil’s statement.