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Kangana Ranaut vs Shiv Sena Live Updates: Kangana episode over for Sena, says Sanjay Raut

Kangana Ranaut vs Shiv Sena Live News Updates: “I don’t know if there was anything illegal (about the office)…It won’t be appropriate to comment on this without having proper information," NCP chief Sharad Pawar said.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: September 10, 2020 10:50:55 pm
Kangana Ranaut, BJP campaign, Shimla news, Himachal Pradesh news, Indian express newsKangna Ranaut in Chandigarh amid high security on September 9, 2020. (Express Photo: Jasbir Malhi)

Kangana Ranaut Live News Updates:  Hours after meeting CM Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that Kangana Ranaut “episode” is now over for his party. “The Kangana Ranaut episode is over. We have even forgotten it. We are busy with our daily, government and social work now,” PTI quoted him as saying.

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Thursday met Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been at the centre of a controversy over her remarks on Mumbai and its police, and said she need not be afraid while in the city. Athawale, a BJP ally, made it clear he does not agree with the remarks made by Ranaut, who had likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and criticised the city police.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court Thursday adjourned Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition matter till September 22 after the actor’s lawyer sought time to respond to the affidavit filed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The BMC today filed a reply in the court to the plea filed by actor Kangana Ranaut challenging the civic body’s partial demolition of her Pali Hill office.

The court Wednesday stayed the demolition of alleged unauthorised structures at the office, hours after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had started the exercise.

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Faceoff between Kangana Ranaut-Sanjay Raut continues; Bombay HC stays BMC demolition on actor's office; Disquiet in MVA alliance over issue. Get latest updates here.

22:24 (IST)10 Sep 2020
No need to worry in Mumbai, Athawale tells Kangana

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Thursday met Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been at the centre of a controversy over her remarks on Mumbai and its police, and said she need not be afraid while in the city. Athawale, a BJP ally, made it clear he does not agree with the remarks made by Ranaut, who had likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and criticised the city police. Athawale alleged that the Shiv Sena-controlled BMC's demolition drive at her bungalow in suburban Bandra was carried out a sentiment of revenge and added the Maharashtra government, too, had a role in it. The minister said Ranaut had spoken the truth in connection with the death case of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He said the CBI, which is probing the death case, should arrive at a conclusion whether Rajput committed suicide or was murdered.

22:01 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Kangana says building she lives in belongs to Sharad Pawar

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has said the building she lives in here belongs to Sharad Pawar with some reports suggesting she was referring to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief.

Pawar, however, on Thursday refuted the claim, saying there is no substance in what the actress said. (PTI)

21:15 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Himachal women's panel writes to NCW over Kangana Ranaut issue

The Himachal Pradesh Commission for Women on Thursday wrote to the national women's panel, urging it to take up the issue of actor Kangana Ranaut's harassment with appropriate authorities.  The Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had demolished "illegal alterations" at the Bandra bungalow of the 33-year-old actor.

Writing to the National Commission for Women (NCW), state body Member Secretary Sandeep Negi said they have taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about the incidents of harassment of Ranaut at the hands of officials from the BMC, Mumbai Police and political leaders.  As this is a well-known fact that Kangana Ranaut hails from Himachal Pradesh, this commission intends to take up the issue with your office for taking up the matter with appropriate authorities, the Himachal panel said. A copy of the letter has also been sent to the member secretary of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women. (PTI)

20:15 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Union minister Athawale meets Kangana Ranaut in Mumbai

Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Thursday met Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been at the centre of a controversy over her remarks on Mumbai and its police, and whose bungalow here faced BMC action for 'illegal' alterations. Athawale, a BJP ally, met Ranaut at her residence in suburban Khar. Athawale's party RPI (A) had come out in support of the actress and offered her security at the Mumbai airport when she returned to the city on Wednesday amid sloganeering against her by Shiv Sena workers.

19:33 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Kangana Ranaut's action in taking on Maharastra govt akin to Bhagat Singh's, says Tamil Nadu actor Vishal

Top Hindi actress Kangana Ranaut's face off with the Maharashtra government has come in for praise from popular Tamil actor Vishal who compared her action to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and lauded her for staying strong despite the "wrath" of the Government. The 'Queen' star taking on the (Maharashtra) government will "set an example" for people to speak against the government when something goes wrong, he said in a Twitter statement, tagging Ranaut's handle on the micro-blogging site.

"Dear Kangana, hats off to your guts, you have never thought twice to voice out what is right and what is wrong. It wasn't your personal issue, but even then facing the wrath of the government, you stayed strong which makes it a very big example," the actor-producer said.

"It's something similar to what Bhagat Singh did in 1920s," he added.

18:39 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Kangana Ranaut to Thackeray: How many mouths will you shut, my voice will echo far

A day after Mumbai's civic authorities demolished portions of her office, actor Kangana Ranaut on Thursday again took on the Maharashtra government by castigating Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for "misusing power" and declaring that her voice won't be suppressed.

"The ideology on which Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray built Shiv Sena, today they have sold the ideology for power, becoming Sonia Sena from Shiv Sena. The goons who broke my house behind my back, do not call them a civic body. Don't insult the constitution."

Ranaut described Thackeray as a prime example of nepotism who is misusing power to suppress her voice. "Your father's good deeds can give you wealth, but you have to earn respect, you will shut my mouth, but my voice will echo in a hundred millions after me, how many mouths will you shut?"

"How many voices will you suppress? Till when you will run away from the truth, you are nothing but an example of dynasty," the 33-year-old actor wrote on Twitter.

17:54 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Maharashtra Governor expresses displeasure on handling of Kangana episode

Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari has expressed displeasure over the handling of the Kangana Ranaut episode and the manner in which the Mumbai civic body razed "illegal alterations" at her bungalow, sources close to him said on Thursday.

The governor summoned Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's principal advisor Ajoy Mehta on Wednesday, when the demolition was carried out, and conveyed his displeasure over the entire matter, the sources said.

"He (Mehta) was summoned by the governor and the displeasure was conveyed to him," they added. (PTI)

17:48 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Kangana Ranaut episode now over for Shiv Sena, says Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that Kangana Ranaut "episode" is now over for his party. He made the remark after meeting Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray here.

"The Kangana Ranaut episode is over. We have even forgotten it. We are busy with our daily, government and social work now," PTI quoted him as saying. He said he met the chief minister to discuss some party-related programmes.

Amid some media reports, which claimed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar have expressed displeasure over the episode, the Sena MP said it was "wrong information". "Be it Pawar saheb or Sonia ji, nobody has made a statement expressing displeasure," Raut added.

16:28 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Kangana Ranaut arrives at her Pali Hills office

Actor Kangana Ranaut arrives at her office in Mumbai, where demolition work was carried out by BMC on Wednesday.

16:12 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Citing records, BMC says Kangana carried out 'substantial alterations' in Bandra property

In its reply to Kangana's plea challenging the demolition of her office, the BMC today told the Bombay High Court that the records showed the actor had been carrying out substantial alterations in her Bandra property 'contrary to the sanctioned plan' and its action of demolition was justified and was without any 'malafide'.

16:03 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Bombay High Court adjourns Kangana Ranaut's office demolition matter till Sept 22

The Bombay High Court Thursday adjourned Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition matter till September 22 after the actor’s lawyer sought time to respond to the affidavit filed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The BMC today filed a reply to the plea filed by Kangana challenging the civic body’s partial demolition of her Pali Hill office.

15:01 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Cinema body IMPPA condemns demolition of Kangana Ranaut's office by BMC

The Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) has condemned the demolition of Kangana Ranaut's office by the BMC, saying that the action was in poor light.

IMPPA president TP Aggarwal said the action was neither "good for the government" nor for the "Queen" star. "The action taken by the Maharashtra government or BMC is absolutely wrong and should be condemned," Aggarwal said in a statement.

"It never happens that you demolish a property on such short notice of one day... If Kangana's house is wrongly constructed demolish it. But, why only Kangana?"

"There are unauthorised constructions throughout Mumbai. Break them as well. BMC should also abide by the law while doing anything," he added.

However, the IMPPA head also criticised the actor for the comments about drug abuse and nepotistic culture in the industry following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. (PTI)

12:36 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Actions of state govt should not hurt pride of Maharashtrians: Ranaut

"A lot of my Marathi friends cried over the phone yesterday. A lot of them gave me moral support. Some others also sent me food but I couldn't accept them due to security reasons. The actions of the state government should not hurt the pride of the Maharashtrians. Jai Maharashtra," she tweeted.

12:33 (IST)10 Sep 2020
People of Maharashtra not in favour of govt's actions, says Ranaut

Taking to Twitter, Ranaut today said: I want to be clear that the people of Maharashtra do not like the actions of the state government. A lot of Marathi well wishers as those from Himachal Pradesh as well as from across the globe have called me. Do not think that I am not loved and respected."

11:44 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Mumbai cops provide security outside Kangana Ranaut's house, office

Mumbai police have made security arrangements outside Ranaut's residence in suburban Khar and her bungalow-cum-office in Bandra, an official said on Thursday. Ranaut returned to Mumbai from her home state Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, hours after the BMC demolished "illegal alterations" at her Bandra bungalow. "A police van with officials has been deployed outside her residence in Khar to tackle with any untoward incident. Women constables are also a part of the team," the official was quoted as saying by PTI. "Besides, outside her Pali Hill bungalow, which was partially demolished by the civic body yesterday, similar security arrangements have been made," he said. According to sources, the actress likely to visit her her Pali Hill property on Thursday.

11:14 (IST)10 Sep 2020
‘Between 2016 and 2019, BMC took action in only 10.47% of illegal construction complaints’

While BMC on Wednesday demolished unauthorised constructions at Kangana Ranaut’s office premises in Bandra’s Pali Hill within 24 hours of issuing a stop work notice to the actor, it had taken action in only 10.47 per cent of the complaints of illegal constructions it had received from 2016 to 2019. According to data received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, between January 2016 to July 2019, BMC has received over 94,000 complaints regarding illegal constructions. However, it has taken action in only over 5,400 cases. Activist Shakeel Shaikh had filed an RTI appeal in 2019 seeking information on complaints received by BMC regarding illegal construction and what action had been taken on them. The RTI reply shows that between January 2016 and July 2019, RETMS had received 94,851 complaints on illegal construction. Among them, 42,697 complaints were related to similar cases. Of the remaining 52,124 complaints received, BMC took action on 5,462 – in only 10.47 per cent cases, demolition work was undertaken.

10:51 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Shiv Sena took 'different route' on Kangana row: Saamana

The party mouthpiece further said though the Shiv Sena has taken a “different route”, it would never tolerate “disrespect” towards Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. “(Narendra) Modi is not just a person but an institution in the form of prime minister. The same is for the states CMs and regional identities,” it added. It also said comparing Mumbai to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and insulting the Mumbai Police by calling it mafia are signs of a “disturbed” mindset. “But when the nationalist (Narendra) Modi government’s home ministry provides security cover to such people, then our 106 martyrs (who had died in the movement of Samyukta Maharashtra with Mumbai) must be shedding tears in heaven,” the editorial stated.

10:34 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Sena criticises Centre’s decision to give Y-plus security to Kangana

Criticising the Centre’s decision to provide Y-plus security to actor Kangana Ranaut, the Shiv Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, alleged there was a conspiracy “to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra” by defaming and damaging Mumbai and weakening its economy. The editorial also urged the state to unite against those using “disrespectful” language about the Maharashtra chief minister. “While Maharashtra is angry (about this), the BJP has directly supported people who have insulted Mumbai and Maharashtra’s CM,” the editorial stated. “There is a danger to Mumbai from those, in Delhi and the state legislature, who love Mumbai being insulted. It is clear that steps are going in (the) direction of conspiring to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra by defaming and damaging Mumbai and weakening its economy. The Centre and BJP in Maharashtra do not miss a single opportunity to attack the powers and independence of the democratic government in Maharashtra,” the editorial further stated.

09:53 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Sending wrong message: Mumbai Congress chief

Former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam did not mince words. “Sitting in Government you cannot do such things. It is sending a very wrong message. She (Ranaut) may be in contact with the BJP, she may be doing all this at the instance of the BJP, but why are you, a political party and that, too, a ruling party falling into such a trap? I cannot remain silent. It looks cheap.” “Appalled as a Mumbaikar with the state of affairs in the economic capital of India. Maharashtra is Covid-19’s ground zero. Instead of focusing on governance, we’re busy settling political scores. Time for all parties to come together and set our priorities right,” tweeted Milind Deora, another former Mumbai Congress president.

09:03 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Thackeray holds meeting with Pawar, Raut over Kangana row

Late in the evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Pawar and Raut had a meeting. Sources said they discussed the government’s strategy on the Maratha reservation issue after the apex court stayed its implementation but, clearly, Pawar’s disquiet found an echo in a section of the Congress, too.

Bulldozer outside Kangana Ranaut's Mumbai office

Kangana Ranaut had purchased the bungalow in 2017 and had renovated it in January this year.

On Tuesday, the BMC had issued a notice under section 354(A) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, directing the actor to stop the ongoing work on the premises and produce the permissions for the “illegal” constructions. She was given 24 hours to file a reply with documentary evidence. The civic body had also filed a 'caveat' in a local court, saying it should be heard first if Ranaut challenges a stop-work notice issued to her.

As per the notice, the ongoing renovation and finishing work inside the bungalow was “beyond the approved plan”. Some of the illegal constructions mentioned in the notice include the conversion of a toilet on ground floor into an office space, construction of a kitchen inside a storeroom and new toilets near a storeroom, conversion of a balcony into a habitable area, merger of one bungalow with another, and extension of the third floor

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had accorded Y+ category security to Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut after she expressed threat to her life as she spoke about drug use among a section in the film industry, following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.