AAP leader Shazia laughs as MTV host abuses Sushilkumar Shinde at her rally
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has found itself embroiled in a controversy after MTV host Rajeev Laxman abused Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at a roadshow on Wednesday while campaigning for the party's RK Puram candidate Shazia Ilmi.
Attacking Shinde, Laxman used the word "h*****". Shazia, who was standing right next to Laxman, laughed at the remarks.
Later, the party issued a statement "apologising" for Laxman's comments.
"AAP sincerely apologises for the unfortunate remarks by Rajeev Laxman during a public meeting in the RK Puram area on Wednesday. AAP does not encourage the use of any unparliamentary language by its leaders or members or supporters," the statement said.
"Rajeev has already realised his mistake and apologised for his remarks. He has also clarified that AAP has nothing to do with his remarks and it was his mistake. We stand for honest and clean politics and will continue to do so," the AAP said.
Shazia remained unavailable for comment.
Reacting to the TV anchor's comments, the Congress said that people should keep "control over their minds when on a public stage".
"This individual seems to have lost control over his mind at that point. If he has apologised, there is nothing to say. But the EC is capable of dealing with this situation and should take appropriate action," Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said.