A day after comedian and actor Kapil Sharma raked controversy by tweeting about the alleged corruption in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former issued a clarification regarding the same saying he was only expressing his concern and anger and that he has utmost respect for the Prime Minister and the government.
“I have utmost respect for the prime minister and the government, both union and state. This was my anger against corruption that I expressed on twitter,” he said.
Kapil explained that his concerns for corruption took a turn for an “unnecessary controversy”, reiterating that he wasn’t a part of any political organisation. “I had expressed my concerns and that took the shape of unnecessary controversy. I am not a part of any political organisation nor do I intend to be,” he said.
Kapil Sharma raised the issue of corruption on Friday when he tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet, asking him where the promised ‘acche din’ were. This was preceded by the allegation that the comedian was forced to pay a bribe to an unnamed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official or officials for making his office.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, quick to react to his tweet, tweeted back to him saying, “Have directed MC, BMC to take strictest action.We will not spare the culprit.@KapilSharmaK9 @narendramodi.”
The issue raked up a political storm, with Shiv Sena on Saturday hitting back at the comedian, saying he was carrying an illegal construction and, therefore, an action should be initiated against him first and then after it should be seen whether he was asked for a bribe or not.
However, Aaditya Thackerey, president of the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, thanked comedian and actor Kapil Sharma after the latter’s tweet complaining of corruption within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Thackeray’s party, the Shiv Sena, holds majority of seats in the BMC council.
An RTI was also filed against Sharma on Saturday alleging that mangroves were destroyed during his office construction. The complaint filed by RTI activist Asad Patel was registered in the Versova Police Station. The police are currently investigating the matter.