Coldplay has been rage ever since they came to India in 2015. There were rumours about their concert though the year which were finally put to bed when they announced that they’ll be performing in Mumbai on November 19. Fans went crazy and tickets were sold out in no time. But then as it often happens in India, politics comes into play. Indian National Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded that the concert be postponed because the state government has given concessions to woo voters.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the Congress sent a letter to the State Election Commission stating that the party in power is using the concert for political gains.
“The Maharasthra government has invested in the event [organised by Global Citizen India]. The MMRDA headed by the chief minister Fadnavis has given a concession of 75% in fare to the organisers for the ground at BKC. The government has also given tax exemption to the show. The tax exemption was given when the code of conduct was in force,” Mumbai chief of Congress Sanjay Nirupam told HT.
However, as soon as the news reached the Internet, Colplay fans couldn’t help but vent in the form of anger and even jokes. There were some who were happy about this too.
YEH KYA HO RAHA HAI BC DESH HAI YA CIRCUS http://t.co/ShRLFEZ17Y
— Rohan (@mojorojo) November 4, 2016
2 things you NEVER thought would be acts of political defiance:
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) November 4, 2016
— Somya Saxena (@SomyaSaxena) November 4, 2016
Go home, Congress. You’re drunk, beaten, slapped, humiliated and have been looking like a caricature for a long time now. http://t.co/2tZ47sRtHS
— Jaskirat Singh Bawa (@JaskiratSB) November 4, 2016
Coldplay are fully steeped in local politics. They even have a song about the NCP’s election symbol called Clocks. http://t.co/NtHsEv281x
— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) November 4, 2016
But not all Congress leaders feel the same, Milind Deora took to Twitter to say that the concert is harmless. “Unwise to demand a ban on @coldplay. Musical concerts don’t determine elections. @INCIndia has always favoured a culturally vibrant Mumbai,” he wrote.
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) November 4, 2016
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