“We will stop the shooting and movies of celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in Maharashtra, who tweet on the order of the BJP,” the Congress leader said.
The newly appointed President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Nana Patole, began his stint aggressively as he threatened Bollywood celebrities of obstructing the shootings and release of their movies for not tweeting over the rising prices of fuel and LPG.
“The Modi government has increased the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Today, the petrol price has touched Rs 100 whereas cooking gas is being sold at Rs 800. This has increased the common man’s sufferings. People are expressing their anger against the Modi government. When there was a UPA government in the centre, many celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar would criticise the government by tweeting about the rise in fuel prices. Now that the fuel prices have reached a record high, these celebrities have kept mum. We will stop the shooting and movies of celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in Maharashtra, who tweet on the order of the BJP,” Nana Patole said.
The MPCC president was speaking to reporters in Bhandara, where the Congress party had organised a massive bullock cart and tractor rally in protest of the new farm laws brought in by the Modi government.
“The UPA government led by Congress used to function democratically and would follow the constitution. That is the reason why many celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar could raise their voice against the government. Now that these celebrities are expected to raise their voice against the policies of the Modi government, they have become the puppet of the regime. They do not speak about rising inflation or oppression of the farmers and that is why the Congress has taken an aggressive position against these celebrities,” Mr Patole said.
“As international celebrities tweeted in favour of the protesting farmers’, these Indian celebrities immediately came in support of the BJp and tweeted for them. The farmers have been protesting for the last 85 days in the bone-chilling cold at Delhi borders. When the BJP and its IT cell labelled these agitators as Khalistani, Naxalites and terrorists, these so-called celebrities kept mum back then. But on the direction of BJP IT cell, they tweeted against the farmers,” Mr Patole added.
“Are these celebrities ‘Popats’ (parrots) of the BJP?” Mr Patole asked,