- Tamil Nadu BJP leader was slammed over a post disparaging woman reporter
- The journalist had objected to the Governor patting her on the cheek
- Now-deleted post said the journalist's aim was to "defame governor, PM"
The leader today said he had posted the message "unintentionally, without reading the content, by mistake" and expressed his "heartfelt apologies".
Sve Shekher, a former AIADMK lawmaker, had already deleted the outrageous post.
Chennai journalists protested against the BJP leaders.
The now-deleted post said the journalist's aim was to "defame the governor and Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
In a particularly disgusting comment, it said "recent complaints show they (journalists) can't become reporters or anchors without sleeping with big shots...Uneducated stupid ugly beings... largely in Tamil Nadu media. This woman is no exception."
The post shared by Sve Shekhar said, "More than universities, sex abuse is rampant in the media. It's these people who question the Governor."
The 78-year-old Governor's apology to the journalist had come with a bizarre justification.
"I considered (your) question to be a good one. Therefore, as an act of appreciation for the question that you had posed, I gave a pat on your cheek considering you to be like my granddaughter," he wrote. Not quite buying into the "grandfatherly pat" claim, Ms Subramanian said she accepted his apology, even though she was not convinced.
Earlier, she had tweeted angrily: "Washed my face several times. Still not able to get rid of it. So agitated and angered Mr Governor Banwarilal Purohit."