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Having caused much damage and embarrassment to his party, BJP leader Ram Jethmalani has clarified that his remark for bad husband was not made for Lord Ram, but for Ram Kapoor in the Ekta Kapoor television serial ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hai’. Earlier, he had been reported to call Ram, the protagonist of ‘Ramayana’ a bad husband for leaving his wife without any reason.
“I have been grossly misquoted. What I intended to say was that Ram Kapoor was a bad husband, because he left Priya and his cute little daughter Pihu alone. And that too without any reason. Can anyone amongst the audience tell me the reason of their separation when all was going well between the couple? Even Ekta Kapoor cannot. That’s why I do not like him,” said the senior lawyer.
Media was quick to catch the story with Barkha Dutt tweeting, “Ram Jethmalani takes shot at Ram Kapoor. Is the arrow pointed at Nitin Gadkari?” Sagarika Ghosh also tweeted, “Major embarrassment for BJP as its leader criticizes its President look-alike”. In the Newshour debate, Arnab Goswami thundered, “Nation seeks an answer Mr. Jethmalani. Is this the frustration of not able to change the BJP presidency that the jibes are now taken at Gadkari alikes?”
The explanation has met with further criticism from Managing Director of Balaji telefilms, Ekta Kapoor. “This is ridiculous. Ram Kapoor has been performing all the duties of a good husband. Right from helping her in the household chores to shopping, to his daughter’s admission and school picking, he has been performing extremely well. He has also started dieting to get in shape just for his wife. And remember that smooching scene between him and Priya? How can you accuse him of being bad?” said the lady producer.
However, the story has taken a new twist when the Leader of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj has vowed to take the matter in the forthcoming winter Parliament. She complained, “In this particular TV serial, Ram Kapoor has shown to be married more than once. Why is it that the attack in TV serials is only on Hindu beliefs and on names like Ram, Tulsi, Parvati? There are thousands of names, so why pick on these names? We demand this should be stopped.”
Meanwhile, RSS has expressed its displeasure over the whole issue. “Creating an alternative for Digvijay Singh in BJP in the form of Ram Jethmalani is an internal matter of the party and RSS will not interfere in that. But Ram Kapoor is seen with respect by so many Hindu families. So, be it Lord Ram or Ram Kapoor, Ram Jethmalani should put the matter to rest by apologizing,” said RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav in a press conference in Rampur.