An MLA of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), a party known for its anti-north Indian stand, found himself in an uncomfortable position when it came out that he had sought time slot for a Bhojpuri film in two theatres.
However, the legislator, Bala Nandgaonkar defended himself, saying he was only helping a Marathi person who is a distributor of the film.
Nandgaonkar had written a letter to two theatres in the metropolis seeking time slot for the Bhojpuri film.
The MNS lawmaker on Saturday convened a press conference and clarified his position. "The distributor of the film is a Marathi-speaking person. And I signed the letter to help him in his career. I was not aware that it was a Bhojpuri film and had a controversial name," Nandgaonkar maintained.
He said he signed the letter in haste. "I have not committed any crime. He (the distributor) apologised to me and also agreed to get the film's name changed."
A couple of days ago, suspected MNS workers had ransacked a cinema hall in adjoining Thane which was showing a Bhojpuri film.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena used the issue to hit out at Raj Thackeray-led MNS, accusing its rival party of double-speak, saying MNS leaders speak something in public and act contrary to it.