Hyderabad: Bahujan Democratic Party’s (BDP) State Working Committee Chairman Md. Rahail Ahmed demanded for the dismissal of the Telangana State Panchayat Raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao after his landing in a soup after he made a lewd, sexist comment at a female Mandal Parishad development officer (MPDO) at an official event in Warangal yesterday. Ahmed demanded for his arrest and prosecution.
At the Palle Pragathi grama sabha in Uppal village in Warangal district on Friday, Rao asked the locals where their MPDO was and how well she was working in the mandal. Later, he commented in Telugu that she is “shaking it well, but not shaking up at work,.” Chairman of the TS policy making body of BDP said.
Much to the dismay, several men present at the event burst out into laughter after the minister had made the comment. Collector Rajeev Gandhi Hanumanthu, Parkal MLA Challa Dharma Reddy were among those who were present.
The MPDO looked visibly uncomfortable in the video that is now being widely shared. She later confined herself to a corner throughout the meeting, reports said.
Rao’s comment drew ire not only from the public but also from the opposition who demanded his removal from the ministerial post.
Rahail Ahmed demanded that Rao should be booked under section 354 A (sexual harassment) and 509 (Word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code for his demeaning remarks against the woman officer.
“If Errabelli Dayakar Rao is making such crass remarks against a Group-I officer, how will he speak to other women without power?” Rahail Ahmed lashed out at Rao in a statement.
Meanwhile, soon after the video went viral, Errabelli Dayakar Rao responded to the video via a statement released to the media. He condemned the video and stated that his political rivals were spreading a fake video.