Amid a war of words between Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and the Maharashtra government, the Shiv-Sena controlled BMC on Wednesday started demolishing the actor’s office in Bandra for ‘illegal alterations.’ The way it was demolished within few hours after slapping a notice to the actress, the entire move can be described as a revengeful action for questioning the government.
The action has also vindicated that the state is targeting the 33-year old actress because of her fight with the Shiv Sena, which also controls the BMC. The civic body bulldozed “illegal alterations” including kitchen, washroom, dining area, walls and the front porch of Kangana Ranaut’s house.
Surprisingly, the civic authorities continued to undertake the “job” despite the lawyer of Kangana tried to convince them that the actress has already moved to the Bombay high court for an intervention. When the devastating action of the BMC was on, the court not only gave a stay the demolition process but also sought to know how the civic body entered the property when the owner was not present there.
Everyone in the state capital knows that the illegal construction in Mumbai is nothing new. The BMC has its own set rules to deal with cases of illegal construction. However, those norms were not followed while demolishing the office of the actress.
The situation could be gauged from the fact that even the NCP supremo Sharad Pawar was not happy with the BMC action against the office of the actress. He even said that such action could have been avoided.
A bulldozer was at work at her office, ramming structures, around the same time she took a flight to Mumbai. It’s also a coincidence that just before she landed at the Mumbai airport, the Bombay High Court ordered a stop to the demolition work. It was indeed a slap to the civic body and the Sena government in the state.
Ranaut waded into controversy after she recently likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and feared the city police more than the “movie mafia” when she was virtually threatened by the Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut through the Saamana newspaper and making provocating statements. Shiv Sena leaders and the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government should understand that why Ranaut made such statements.
Is criticising police for its “wrong doing” a crime? Initially she never accused or made any defamatory languages against any Sena leaders. It was purely a reaction of action from the Sena side.
Good things that now the RPI (Athawale) and Karni Sena have come in support of the actress and were giving befitting reply to the rowdy approach of Sena leaders and its rank and file when she arrived at the Mumbai airport.