Condemned all around for its witch-hunt against towering icons like Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray today sought to clear the air over the state’s inquiry into their tweets that had disapproved of foreign interference in the domestic affair of farmers’ protest. Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP politician Anil Deshmukh told reporters today that his remark on tweets by celebrities had been distorted and that the government was “probing the BJP IT cell”.
“My previous statement regarding the tweets by celebrities was presented in a distorted manner. I never meant that the inquiry was going to be of celebrities. Lata Mangeshkar is godlike for us. And every countryman respects Sachin Tendulkar. There is no question of their inquiry,” the NCP leader, who has been leading the left-lib narrative on behalf of the Maharashtra government since the lynching of sadhus in Palghar, said.
“What I had meant was that inquiry will be done into the role of the BJP IT cell,” he added quickly. Deshmukh claimed that preliminary inquiry has brought to fore the “names of BJP IT cell head and twelve influencers and further probe is on in the matter.”
Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar were among other celebrities to react to the sudden interest self-styled climate activist Greta Thunberg, Barbados-born American pop singer Rihanna, former actress in porn movies Mia Khalifa and other prominent names in the West evinced in the Indian affair using hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
It turned out later in an investigation by Delhi Police that the foreigners had been executing a plan divulged by an unassuming Thunberg after receiving it from some Indian activists like Disha Ravi.
Deshmukh had previously said that the state intelligence department would conduct a probe into allegations that some celebrities were pressured recently to issue tweets in connection with the ongoing farmers’ protest.