Actor Kangana Ranaut was targeted by a demolition move this morning. The incident was followed by division of Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, with the Shiv Sena drawing disapproval from ally Sharad Pawar.
In a recent comment, Sharad Pawar said the demolition move targeting actor Kangana Ranaut by the BMC – which is controlled by the Shiv Sena – had ended up giving the actor “unnecessary publicity”.
The NCP chief will reportedly meet with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and another Shiv Sena leader, Sanjay Raut, later today to discuss what he apparently believes was a massive overreaction by the BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The BMC had listed 14 “violations” at her office, which included a toilet apparently built in space marked for a kitchen and an office set up in an area meant for a toilet.
He said, “Illegal constructions is not a new thing in Mumbai. But acting upon it at the backdrop of the ongoing controversy, gives rise to questions. But BMC has their own reasons and rules and they acted as per them”.
Mr. Pawar said, “I have objection to media’s coverage. Media made these things bigger. We should ignore such things,” suggesting that though the civic body acted “as per rules”, the timing of the demolition drive had sent out a wrong message to the public.
There had been a huge row between Kangana Ranaut and the Shiv Sena over her “Mumbai feels like PoK” comments, lately. When the BMC sent teams to the actor’s office to demolish “illegal alterations” during the same time several speculations were being made. The action, timed with her Mumbai return, appears to have backfired spectacularly.
This was followed by the Bombay High Court’s ruling in favour of Kangana Ranaut which was to put a stop to the demolition. Later, Kangana promptly posted a video warning the Chief Minister. “Uddhav Thackeray, tujhe kya lagta hai? (what do you think?) That you colluded along with the film mafia, demolished my home and took revenge on me? My home was demolished today, your arrogance will crumble tomorrow,” she said.
What has surprised everyone is the fact that the actor who is known for controversies has infact received support from critics.