"I got carried away," Mr Gunjal told NDTV today but the clarification got him no reprieve. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said in Delhi, "The MLA who used abusive language has been suspended from the party and has been asked to explain. This is unacceptable."
In the phone call made earlier this week, Mr Gunjal allegedly threatened Dr RN Yadav, the Chief Medical Officer of Kota, for not stopping the transfer of a male nurse related to a BJP worker.
Throughout the conversation widely circulated on WhatsApp, Mr Gunjal is heard threatening to hit the doctor in various ways and even beat him to pulp. He also lets loose a string of expletives.
The lawmaker was apparently furious that his word didn't count in restoring the job of the nurse, who was removed recently from a health centre over alleged irregularities in the purchase of medicines.
Mr Gunjal has since given a written apology to the state BJP chief.
Dr Yadav, who was at the receiving end of his broadside, has filed a police complaint and wants legal action against the lawmaker. He resigned today along with two other doctors. More have threatened to quit if tough action is not taken against the lawmaker within 72 hours.