Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay appears before Women’s Commission over comments on K Kavitha

He deposed that he used an idiom while referring to Kavitha at a meeting, and that he had no intention of making any derogatory comments.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Mar 19, 2023 | 1:34 PMUpdatedMar 19, 2023 | 1:36 PM

BJP Telangana meeting

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Saturday, 18 March, deposed before the state’s Women’s Commission that he used an idiom while referring to BRS MLC K Kavitha — daughter of the prtuy’s chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Kavitha — at a meeting.

He also said he had no intention of making any derogatory comments about her.

Bandi Sanjay went to the office of the commission as asked, following a complaint by the BRS that he had used objectionable language against Kavitha over her alleged involvement in the Delhi liquor scam.

Later, he said there was no truth in the allegation against him.

Related: Women’s Commission seeks probe into Bandi Sanjay’s comment 

‘Attempts to malign image’

He said he had given his explanation in an atmosphere of camaraderie and that some “media leaks” were being issued by vested interests to denigrate him and malign his image.

He said the idiom that he had used while referring to Kavitha was in popular usage in Telangana and that he meant no offence to her or intended to show her any disrespect.

He had no qualms about deposing before the commission as he had a lot of respect for the statutory institutions, he said.

Police drive away BRS workers

Ahead of Bandi Sanjay’s arrival at the office of the Wonen’s Commission, tension prevailed for some time, with BRS workers reaching there in large numbers. They kept raising slogans against him for his comments on Kavitha.

Meanwhile, BJP workers rushed there and raised a demand that the police drive away the BRS workers.

As the situation appeared to be getting out of control, the police chased the BRS workers away from Buddha Bhavan in Secunderabad, where the commission’s office is located.

Sanjay was supposed to appear before the commission on 15 March, but the date was changed to 18 March after he expressed his inability to depose before it as he had to attend a Parliament session.

He said he would have no objection to deposing on 18 March, to which the commission consented. The entire process of recording his statement took nearly three hours.

A number of policemen were deployed at the office to prevent any clash between the workers of the two parties.

Related: Bandi Sanjay says he cannot appear before commission on 15 March