Shiv Sena demands sacking of MJ Akbar over #MeToo charges

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Shiv Sena demanded the removal of Union minister MJ Akbar, who has been accused by several women journalists of sexually harassment.

The saffron party also said the charges against Akbar needed to be investigated thoroughly.

"As far as I know, there are five to six women professionals who have openly narrated how they were sexually attacked by MJ Akbar. The details are worrisome and serious. Hence, I demand that he should be removed from his post immediately," Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequently talks about 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao'. Hence, in order to maintain his own image, Modi should remove Akbar from his post," she added.

"Let there be a proper investigation into the accusations against him. If Akbar comes out clean, he can be reinstated in the cabinet," the Sena MLC said.