BJP ‘plot’ in Kangana Ranaut rant
The ruling coalition in Maharashtra views Kangana Ranaut’s attack on the state government as a political plot of the BJP, pointing out that the grant of “Y-plus” security to the actress by the Narendra Modi government was a giveaway.
The actress, who returned to Mumbai on Wednesday from hometown Manali, again described the country’s financial capital as “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” – the second time she has done so. She also hit out at chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in a video message in which she addressed him as “tu” — which is disrespectful except when speaking to someone close.
By the time Kangana landed in the city, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials had demolished “illegal alterations” at a Bandra bungalow that serves as her office.
The actress lashed out at Uddhav for this, called the BMC team “Babur’s army” and likened her office to “Ram Mandir” in a storm of tweets.
NCP veteran Sharad Pawar said the demolition had given unnecessary publicity to the actress. The allies believe she is being used by the BJP to destabilise the government.
A minister in the government said: “They first used a TV anchor and now an actress. The BJP has lost its mind. Who doesn’t know Kangana is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi?”
The minister continued: “How many people in this country will be given Y-category security so promptly, without any real threat? Rape and murder are happening daily across the country, top activists who dedicated their lives to serve the poor are in jail and this actor is defended by a central agency without consultation with the state. That’s how she gets the courage to threaten the chief minister who hasn’t spoken a word about her.”
Another leader said over phone from Mumbai: “Kangana revealed her agenda by using the phrases like Babur’s army and talking about Kashmiri Pandits, Ayodhya, Babri demolition, Jhansi Ki Rani….”