Govt shouldn’t have put Lata, Sachin’s reputation at stake: Raj Thackeray


MUMBAI: MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday said the Union government should not have exposed Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar to social media trolling by involving them in its campaign to counter tweets by foreign celebrities in support of ongoing farmers’ stir.

If American pop star Rihanna and others supporting the agitation against new agriculture laws was interference in India’s internal matters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan in support of Donald Trump too was problematic, he said.

Many celebrities including cricket icon Tendulkar and legendary singer Mangeshkar rallied around the government on social media using hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda following tweets by Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg backing farmers.

“The Centre should not have asked Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar to tweet in support of its stand and put their reputation at stake. Now they have to face the wrath of social media trolling,” Raj Thackeray told reporters.

The government should have limited its use of celebrities in its campaign to actors such as Akshay Kumar, he said.

“They (Tendulkar and Mangeshkar) are true legends in their fields, but otherwise very simple persons. They should not have been asked to tweet with the same hashtag. They tweeted what government asked them to tweet, and now they are at the receiving end,” he said.

The MNS chief also wondered how many Indians knew who Rihanna was until she tweeted about agitating farmers’ plight.

There was no need for the government to ask her to not get involved in the issue, Thackeray opined.

“By the same logic, there was no need to hold a rally in the United States saying `Agali Baar, Trump Sarkar (next time, Trump government). It was that country’s internal matter,” he said, referring to Modi’s rally in Houston when Donald Trump was US president.

Thackeray also said the laws against which farmers are agitating can have some flaws which can be rectified.

“If the government wishes to solve the issue, it can sit with farmers’ leaders, hold talks and make necessary changes in these laws,” he said.

The MNS chief also said that the new laws must not benefit only a handful of corporates.

“I think the laws have some plus points but the Centre needs to discuss them again with state governments,” he said.



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BMC sealed Lata Mangeshkar’s building as precautionary step amid COVID-19


The Mangeshkar family, in a statement, said the building was sealed as it houses many senior citizens

Mumbai: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s building has been sealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 90-year-old singer resides in Prabhukunj building at Peddar Road in south Mumbai.

 

The Mangeshkar family, in a statement, said the building was sealed as it houses many senior citizens.

“We have been inundated by calls all evening enquiring whether Prabhukunj is sealed. The Building Society and the BMC have sealed it from the onset of the epidemic as we have senior citizens at home and in the building and it is mandatory to take these precautions.

“Even our usual festive Ganesha celebrations was a simple familial one this time to co-operate and support social distancing,” the statement read.

There were reports that some residents of the building had tested positive for COVID-19 but the family asked well-wishers to not indulge in any speculations.

 

“Please do not react to any hearsay on the health of our family members especially. We, as a building society in unison, are taking utmost caution, care and co-operating to ensure the well being and safety of all the senior citizens especially and all the other residing members as well.

“By God’s grace and the wishes of so many, the family is safe,” the statement read.

On Saturday, coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra rose to 7,64,281 with record 16,867 new cases.



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