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BJP leader Kirit Somaiya under opposition fire for video, Devendra Fadnavis announces investigation | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: Opposition parties have launched a scathing attack on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya following the emergence of an alleged video showing him in a compromising position.
The video was published by the Marathi news channel Lokshahi, according to PTI, which the agency says cannot independently verify its authenticity.
Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has ensured a thorough investigation into the matter.
Congress leaders and Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, have criticized the character of the BJP leader based on the video, claiming that there are several similar clips in circulation.
Somaiya, in a letter to Fadnavis, who also serves as the interior minister, questioned the authenticity of the video and called for an investigation.
During a session in the legislative council, Fadnavis confirmed that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the viral video.
“There will be a thorough investigation. No one will be protected. The police will discover the identity of the (grieved) woman. Nothing will be swept under the rug,” Fadnavis said.
The matter was raised in the legislative council by Ambadas Danve, leader of the opposition, and MLC Anil Parab, both from Shiv Sena (UBT).
Danve said the matter needed to be investigated and handed over a flash drive, which he said contained the clip, to council vice-chairman Neelam Gorhe. Gorhe said the woman allegedly linked to the video has not filed a complaint.
You should trust the legislature and file the complaint, Gorhe said. Parab demanded a special investigation team to look into the matter. In the letter to Fadnavis, Somaiya said: “A Marathi news channel broadcast a video clip of me. With reference to the clip, multiple accusations have been leveled against me.”
“Some people claim that there are many of these clips of me. I ask you to verify the authenticity of the viral video clip. Many have claimed that I exploited many women. I have never done anything like this. I ask you to investigate all these accusations,” Somaiya wrote to Fadnavis. .
“The character and true face of the ruling coalition have been exposed. Somaiya blackmailed many MLAs and MPs. Now, we can see that he has even blackmailed several women,” said Congressional MLA Yashomati Thakur.
In Pune, the women’s wing of the Shiv Sena (UBT) organized a protest against Somaiya over the allegedly explicit video. Mahila Aghadi members sought action against Somaiya and demanded his expulsion from the BJP.
(With contributions from PTI)Look UBT Shiv Sena holds protest against Kirit Somaiya over allegedly objectionable video

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