Maharashtra Congress chief has issued a threatening warning to popular Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar saying, “If they do not speak out in favor of the people and justice, then the Maharashtra Congress will not allow their films to be shot in the state.”
The development came after Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nana Patole said that these actors used to take to social media and Tweet against the previous Congress regime when fuel prices used to rise. But now these actors are silent when the price of petrol has almost touched Rs. 100 in India.
Patole spoke to the reporters saying, “You would have seen when Manmohan Singh ji’s government was there at the Centre, whether it was Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar, they used to tweet about high petrol prices. Now today, when international crude prices are low but the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, why are they not speaking out today.”
T 753 -Petrol up Rs 7.5 : Pump attendent – 'Kitne ka daloon ?' ! Mumbaikar – '2-4 rupye ka car ke upar spray kar de bhai, jalana hai !!'
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 24, 2012
Patole added, “Either you speak up against the anti-national policies of the Narendra Modi government or we will stop your movies’ shooting,
Meanwhile, BJP leader Ram Kadam jumped to the rescue of the eminent personalities and posed a question to the Congress government saying “Is tweeting for India a crime?” Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar have in past been vocal in their appreciation for the Narendra Modi-led government.
He also made a brief remark about the “toolkit” case and said, “Some people sitting abroad are tarnishing India’s image and the Congress is supporting them.”
The BJP leader was making a remark about the recent “toolkit” case that the Delhi case has filed over several International activists and celebrities alleging them to conspire against India’s reputation by shifting the global focus to the farmer’s agitation.
The toolkit case involved international celebrities like pop-singer Rihana, adult-movie actress Mia Khalifa, activist Greta Thunberg coming together in the support of Indian farmers on Twitter. After that several celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar and more tweeted with the hashtag #IndiaAgainstPropoganda.
This led to a new controversy which alleged that the Modi government has put pressure on these celebrities to parrot the government’s stance on the issue.