Payal Ghosh has joined Union Minister Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A) in Mumbai and has been conferred the position of vice president of its women’s wing. Payal had recently accused Anurag Kashyap of rape, a charge that has been denied by the filmmaker.
Reportedly, Payal told a news agency that she joined RPI(A) to do something for the country and expressed her gratitude towards Athawale for supporting her against Kashyap. Along with Payal, new candidates joined the party today.
Maharashtra: Actor Payal Ghosh joins Union Minister Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A), in Mumbai.
She has been named as the vice president of women's wing of RPI (A). pic.twitter.com/slRLOKtJWV
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Athawale reportedly told a news agency, “I told her RPI(A) is Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s party. It helps all sections of society, be it Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs, villagers, slum dwellers. The RPI will get a good face if you join the party. After I discussed this with her, she was ready to join the party.”
The Union Minister also said that Kashyap will soon be arrested on Payal’s charges. The actress had filed an FIR against him in September and even met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshiyari to demand action against him. She was accompanied by Athawale; they had also met Mumbai Police’s joint commissioner (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangare Patil, seeking security for the actor. Kashyap has been booked under Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Payal had alleged that Kashyap misbehaved and molested her in 2013.