Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the richest civic body in the country, were quick to respond to allegations of corruption and bribe-taking made by popular comedian and actor Kapil Sharma.
Sharma earlier today tweeted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining that he has to pay Rs 5 lakh as bribe to the BMC for getting approval for an office in spite of paying income tax regularly. The actor’s Twitter base that accounts for more than six million followers made sure the tweet went viral and knocking at the doors of important people.
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Fadnavis, who has proved to be an administrator active on social media, did not waste time in assuring Sharma that the culprit will be caught.
“Kapilbhai pls provide all info. Have directed MC,BMC to take strictest action. We will not spare the culprit,” Fadnavis tweeted out to Sharma within hours.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 9, 2016
The BMC, which has had allegations of corruption thrown at it from time to time, was also quick to take action. It asked Sharma to make a formal complaint and also name the officer who demanded bribe from him.
M Pawar, a chief engineer in the vigilance department, told news agency ANI that the civic body will take strict action if the allegations are found to be true. He added that BMC does not ‘tolerate’ such kind of corruption within itself.
The civic body is currently ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance and the next elections are scheduled for 2017. Both parties are also allies in the state government.