Shiv Sena concerns Kangana in Assembly, seeks action against her

Pratap Sarnaik & Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai : The Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Monday was a focus point in the first day of the state Assembly session where the Shiv Sena member Pratap Sarnaik demanded a unanimous resolution in the House for a legal action against the actress, who, he said, has “maligned” the image of Maharashtra and Mumbai through her tweets.

The senior Sena legislator had submitted a letter of his demand to Deputy Speaker Narhari Zhirwal “who has directed state home minister Anil Deshmukh to take necessary action within 24 hours and to submit a report.”

“Ranaut had compared Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and also said that she didn’t trust Mumbai Police. She also compared Mumbai to Taliban,” Sarnaik said. He said various sections like citizens, political leaders and social workers are enraged by Ranaut”s remarks, and have sought action against her, but nothing happened so far.

In his letter to the Assembly deputy speaker, Sarnaik said, “Elected representatives like me are sad that a girl from another state comes to Mumbai to become an actress, earns name and fame here and in return she maligns the image of the city. But still no action is taken against her. She has continuously tweeted against Mumbai and Maharashtra.”

On the other hand, in a jibe at Ranaut, the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that some people don’t have gratitude for the city where they earn their livelihood, Thackeray, while paying tribute to a Sena MLA who died recently, without taking any name, said: “Some people have gratitude towards the city where they live and earn their livelihood, but some don’t.”

Anil Rathod came from Rajasthan and made Maharashtra his home. He was a hard-core Shiv Sainik, said while paying tribute to the late Sena legislator.

The Bollywood actress Ranaut, currently based in her native Himachal Pradesh, had sharply criticised the Mumbai Police probe into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and had said under the current government, she feared living in Mumbai. The actor had made the controversial remark while responding to the Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut’s comment in an article that she must not come to Mumbai if she felt unsafe in the city.

After an uproar over the comment, several Sena leaders, including Raut, had made objectionable remarks against her. Ranaut, who on several occasions expressed her admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has announced she will visit Mumbai on September 9, daring Sena leaders to stop her if they can.

Shiv Sena ally, the Congress, meanwhile, also launched a scathing attack at the actor as it claimed she was driving the BJP’s political agenda forward in the garb of a campaign for justice to Rajput.

As the war of words between the Maharashtra government and Ranaut continued, the actress alleged that the BMC raided her office in Mumbai on Monday in a bid to exact ‘revenge’ from her. “They have forcefully taken over my office measuring everything, also harassing my neighbors when they retorted. I have all the papers, BMC permissions nothing has been done illegal in my property, BMC should send a structure plan to show the illegal construction with a notice. They raided my place today and without any notice tomorrow they demolishing entire structure, “she tweeted.