In a shocking development, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government on Monday ordered a probe to know if celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, singer Lata Mangeshkar, cricketer Virat Kohli and others tweeted under pressure by the Centre in support of farm laws.
Maharashtra Pradesh Committee Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant held a virtual meeting with Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday, 8 February, asking for a probe into the tweets posted by Indian celebrities in response to the global criticism of the farmers’ protest.
Sachin Sawant in a tweet said, “Demanded investigation of BJP connection into the tweets of celebrities & security to be provided to our national heroes if needed & find out whether these celebrities were arm-twisted by BJP. @AnilDeshmukhNCP Ji ordered investigation by Intelligence unit.”
Several celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar tweeted with #IndiaAgainstPropaganda and #IndiaTogether, after American pop singer Rihanna and Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg posted tweets in support of the farmers’ protests.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has assured Congress’ Sachin Sawant that the state Intelligence Department will conduct an investigation and probe whether Sachin, Lata Mangeshkar and other famous celebrities were pressured to tweet in support of the Centre.
Sawant said, “There is a similar pattern in these tweets by celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and sportspersons Sachin Tendulkar and Saina Nehwal. This shows that there was some communication between the celebrities and the ruling party leaders. There needs to be an investigation to check if these national heroes were pressurised by the BJP for such advocacy on social media. If so, these celebrities need to be given more protection.”
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