The actress who turned pro-Hindutva at an opportune moment seems to be losing the only friend it had in the polity. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has distanced itself from Kangana Ranaut after her tweets comparing Mumbai city to Pakistan occupied Kashmir created a major uproar on and off social media. “We do not support what she is saying about Mumbai, Mumbaikars and Maharashtra,” said the party spokesperson in a statement.
Kangana Ranaut had tweeted yesterday, “Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena leader has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai after Aazadi graffitis in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir?”
The actress has been claiming for a while that all that the investigating agencies — the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) — are finding out about the company late actor Sushant Singh Rajput kept has happened to her in the past. A large section of Indians who have had enough of the shenanigans of those who dominate Bollywood has been cheering her in this act throughout as Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV provides her with its platform.
The BJP alleged that some political parties were trying to distract public attention from the ongoing Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Stating that Kangana Ranaut must not preach to the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra, the BJP assured that they did o not encourage such comments.
However, they did take a dig at Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also, saying, “We would like to tell Sanjay Raut not to try to fulfil his agenda through Kangana in Sushant’s case and the investigation. Considering the current situation, be it Kangana and Sanjay, everyone should not hamper the peace, this is the BJP’s appeal.”
The actress has been facing backlash for her comments not just from political parties and celebrities but also from Mumbaikars. Hitting out at the actress, Raut today urged the Maharashtra government to take action against people who were defaming the city police. He also asked Ranaut to tour the PoK first to see the situation prevailing there.
This was, however, seen as a threat issued to the actress. Kangana Ranaut thundered back, saying, “किसी के बाप का नहीं है महाराष्ट्र, महाराष्ट्र उसी का है जिसने मराठी गौरव को प्रतिष्ठित किया है। और मैं डंके की चोट पे कहती हूँ हॉ मैं मराठा हूँ ,उखाड़ो मेरा क्या उखाड़ोगे? (Maharashtra is not anybody’s inherited property. Maharashtra is of those who have established the pride of Marathi people. And I pronounce myself a Maratha. Would you dare stop me?)”
“I see many people are threatening me to not come back to Mumbai so I have now decided to travel to Mumbai this coming week on 9th September, I will post the time when I land at the Mumbai airport, kisi ke baap mein himmat hai toh rok le (Stop me if you dare),” she tweeted.
Talking to reporters, Raut today said Mumbai Police had protected the city from all obstacles by sacrificing their lives.
“Mumbai is a part of Maharashtra because of the sacrifice of 106 martyrs. If people who have nothing to do with the city malign it and its police, the state government and the home minister, who is in charge of the police force, should take action, or else the morale of the police will take a beating,” Raut said.
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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is from the NCP, one of the constituents of the state government, slammed Kangana in his statement that read, “Mumbai Police is compared to Scotland Yard. Some people are trying to target Mumbai Police. An IPS officer has gone to court against this. After, her comparison of Mumbai Police, she has no right to live in Maharashtra or Mumbai.”
Deshmukh hinted at possible action against the Bollywood actress for “defaming” Mumbai Police and the city’s image.
Early this afternoon, Kangana taken to her handle to claim that she had turned down offers from the BJP to join their party. She alleged, “I have denied BJP ticket twice, I am Kangana Ranaut my popularity and yearly income is far more than many successful Ministers and politicians, why not sometimes use your intellect Madam intellectual.”
Meanwhile, some former IPS officers filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in connection with the “unfair, malicious and false media campaign” against Mumbai Police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The Maharashtra home minister, in his statement, said that he welcomed the move.
Kangana Ranaut is in Himachal Pradesh these days.