VARANASI: NDA constituent Apna Dal (Sonelal) MP Pakaudi Lal Kole landed in troubled waters when a video in which he is purportedly using abusive words for Brahmins and Thakurs, went viral on social media on Tuesday. Kole is MP from Robertsganj (reserved) seat in Sonbhadra district. The surfacing of the video led to large-scale protests in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts, following which Kole faced the ire of AD(S) leader and Union minister Anupriya Patel. Kole later apologized, claiming the video was doctored to distort his image. On Monday, Kole had gone to address a gathering of Kole fraternity on an inter college campus in Babura area of Mirzapur district to mobilise support for his son and MLA from Chhanbe assembly seat, Rahul Prakash. The video containing his speech delivered at the meeting went viral on social media on Tuesday morning. In this video, he is seen recalling his over 40-year political career and claiming how he kept dominating castes, including Brahmin and Thakurs. The video shows him using abusive words for both the castes and also mentioning how he stopped people of these castes from deposing against him by threatening to blow their houses with dynamite in a case registered against him in the past. After the video went viral on social media, a group of people reached Robertsganj Kotwali in Sonbhadra, demanding lodging of a case against Kole for derogatory remarks against particular castes and also his expulsion from Parliament. In the Halia area of Mirzapur, a group of locals carried out a procession and raised slogans against Kole. Taking serious note of the development, Anupriya released a video message and said that her party strongly condemns the casteist remarks of Kole. “Inappropriate language against any community or caste is not in the culture of our party. Since its foundation, the party has struggled for the rights of deprived, harassed and weaker people of all sections,” said Anupriya while directing Kole to seek apology from people for his remarks. After the release of Anupriya’s video on social media, Kole too issued a video statement as an apology on his letterhead on social media. Kole claimed that his statement had been doctored, which had hurt the sentiments of Brahmins and Thakurs. “I am also deeply hurt by it. What I am today, is due to the blessings of all sections of the society. If I have committed any wrong, I express my apology by joining both hands,” said Kole.

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