Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Maharashtra’s Arni Raju Narayan Todsam, along with his ‘second wife’ was roughed up by his mother and first wife late on Tuesday. Also Read - Locust Menace: UP, Maharashtra, Punjab on High Alert; Centre Steps up Efforts; Drones to be Deployed Soon
Todsam’s “second wife” Priya Shinde and party supporters were celebrating MLA’s 42nd birthday when the legislator’s first wife, Archana Todsam, and his mother rushed near their vehicle along with some supporters and accosted the ‘second wife’. Archana and her mother-in-law started slapping, kicking and punching Priya as she screamed for mercy with folded hands. Also Read - COVID-19: Maharashtra Records 105 Deaths, 2190 Cases in Last 24 Hours, Total Tally at 56948
However, when Todsam attempted to shield Priya Shinde, he too was attacked by his mother, first wife and irate public who demanded justice for Archana, a tribal school teacher. The people were of the opinion that the MLA should not be allowed to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Maharashtra on Saturday. Also Read - Signs of Rift in Maharashtra Coalition as State Battles Multiple Challenges? Uddhav Thackeray Meets Alliance Partners
However, Tiwari and Maitam besides other local activists have demanded that Todsam should be booked and arrested under the domestic violence laws, for deserting his first wife and two children and entering into wedlock with another woman without a proper settlement with the first wife.
Todsam’s wife is a primary school teacher and they have two children. The MLA is currently living with another woman, a BJP worker, but has not divorced his wife, sources close told PTI.
The video of the incident did rounds on social media.
Todsam or other local BJP functionaries could not be reached for comments.
However, a police official said no FIR or a complaint had been registered by either woman so far.
Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a gathering of women self-help groups at Pandharkawda on February 16.