MUMBAI: Maharashtra residence minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday stated the state intelligence division will conduct a probe into the tweets put out by celebrities reminiscent of Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Saina Nehwal and Akshay Kumar final week in response to pop star Rihanna and local weather activist Greta Thunberg’s feedback on the farmers’ agitation. Deshmukh’s announcement, which got here after Congress alleged the BJP had “pressured” the celebrities to tweet in help of the Modi authorities, drew sharp reactions on social media, with BJP leaders asking if Bharat Ratnas like Tendulkar and Mangeshkar would now be investigated for expressing their views.
BJP nationwide president J P Nadda tweeted, “MVA in Maharashtra has a singular mannequin of governance – hail noises of anarchy from abroad who present India in poor mild however harass patriotic Indians who stand for the nation. It’s tough to resolve what’s extra flawed: their priorities or their mindset?” Former CM Devendra Fadnavis requested if the MVA authorities had misplaced its senses. “MVA ought to really feel ashamed whereas utilizing the phrase ‘probe’ for Bharat Ratnas. Truly, now it appears essential to probe the psychological state and stability of those who made such a requirement and of people that ordered the probe in opposition to our Bharat Ratnas,” he stated. He tweeted, “We’ll by no means discover such ‘ratnas’ (gems) in complete nation who order probe in opposition to Bharat Ratnas who all the time stand robust in a single voice for our nation.”
Celebrities throughout fields together with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had tweeted on the farmers’ protests utilizing hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
On Monday, a delegation led by Congress normal secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant had a video convention with Deshmukh, who examined optimistic for Covid-19 final week and is in quarantine. Sawant alleged that “the way through which the tweets had been timed, the widespread phrases used, reinforce the suspicion that BJP had pressured the celebrities to tweet.”
Deshmukh stated, “The query raised by Congress is whether or not the celebrities had been pressured to difficulty these tweets. These celebrities can categorical their opinions, however the timing of the tweets, widespread phrases used and even the tagging of BJP office-bearers of their tweets have raised sure doubts. Tweets by Akshay Kumar and Saina Nehwal are the identical. Not a phrase is completely different… Our intelligence company will probe the matter.”
Later, after the flood of reactions on social media, Deshmukh tweeted folks conferred with the Bharat Ratna are “revered by us as nicely. However did any BJP chief put stress on them? The Congress has demanded an inquiry in opposition to the chief.” Deshmukh stated there was an try and defame the farmers’ stir, so there have been reactions internationally. “There may be stress on everybody who speaks out in opposition to the Centre. Media too is underneath stress. CBI and ED are despatched after politicians,” he alleged.
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NCP issued a rebuttal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks within the parliament.
NCP’s nationwide spokesperson Nawab Malik on Monday issued a rebuttal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks within the parliament that social gathering chief Sharad Pawar had earlier supported the farm reforms.
Mr Malik mentioned that NCP was not towards reforms, however demanded a repeal of the three contentious agri advertising legal guidelines.
Citing Sharad Pawar’s assist for agriculture reforms when he was agriculture minister, PM Modi mentioned in Rajya Sabha, “These taking a U-turn will maybe agree with him (ex-PM Manmohan Singh)…Whether or not they have been capable of do it or not, however everybody has advocated that it ought to be completed“.
Countering the PM, Mr Malik mentioned in a video assertion that Mr Pawar had tried to construct consensus for a mannequin act when he was agriculture minister (within the Congress-led UPA authorities from 2004 to 2014).
Mr Malik mentioned, then again, the incumbent Central authorities got here up with the three farm legal guidelines regardless of agriculture being a topic within the Concurrent checklist.
“There’s a huge distinction between a mannequin act (that the UPA authorities had tried to introduce) and the present farm legal guidelines. Both Modi saheb isn’t getting this or he’s getting it, however is fooling the individuals,” Mr Malik alleged.
He mentioned the PM ought to perceive the distinction between the newly-introduced agriculture legal guidelines and the mannequin act.
“The NCP or some other social gathering isn’t against reforms. However it isn’t proper for the prime minister and the Centre to push the current legal guidelines whereas it was required to construct up consensus. Take individuals into confidence and alter the current acts. The federal government ought to withdraw the legal guidelines,” Mr Malik mentioned.
He demanded the federal government take all Opposition events into confidence every time new reforms are to be launched.
“The federal government ought to converse to farmers and body legal guidelines that are acceptable to all,” he added.
Hundreds of farmers have been tenting at Delhi’s borders since November demanding the repeal of three new agriculture legal guidelines that they are saying will finish the minimal assist value (MSP) primarily based procurement of crops like wheat and paddy by the federal government and usher in huge corporates into the farm sector.
They’ve rejected the federal government‘s provide to droop the reforms for 18 months and haven’t joined talks after 11 rounds of talks ended final month.