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Maharashtra minister apologises for 'milk bath'

PTI  Mumbai, December 29, 2013
First Published: 18:38 IST(29/12/2013) | Last Updated: 18:41 IST(29/12/2013)

Maharashtra labour minister and NCP leader Hasan Mushrif has apologised for the action of his supporters giving him a 'milk bath' to 'purify' him after a party worker poured ink on him.

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An NCP worker walked to the stage where Mushrif was sitting and poured black ink on him, at a public function at Buldhana on Thursday. NCP workers caught the man, identified as Namdeo Dongardive, and handed him over to the police.

When Mushrif reached Kolhapur the next day to attend a meeting of the party workers, his followers asked him to sit on a chair and poured milk on him to 'purify' him.

"I apologise for what my followers have done. I was not aware and did not realise what they are doing. Otherwise, I would have stopped them. I was baffled both the times, when they poured milk on me and when the party worker poured ink on me," Mushrif said.

The supporters had also poured milk on Mushrif's photo and burnt an effigy of Dongardive.


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