Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam landed himself in a spot after a video was circulated of him telling boys that he would kidnap girls for them if their proposal for marriage was rejected. The video, recorded during a Dahi Handi festival in Ghatkopar, was posted on Twitter by Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad.
However, Kadam has denied making any such statement and claimed he was quoted out of context.
The Indian Express quoted Kadam as saying, "You can call me.. if you call me saying I have proposed a girl and need your help.. I will definitely help you.. I will call your parents and ask them...If they say they like that girl then... I will kidnap that girl and give it you.. now take my number."
He later told ANI that if there was something objectionable in his speech, the several journalists present at the event would have pointed it out.
He also said this was a ploy by the opposition to tarnish his image.