On Friday morning, people on social media woke up to a trend that said ‘Kapil Sharma’. Turns out the popular comedian, in a series of tweets, had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Yeh hain aapke achhe din ?” In a complaint addressed directly to PM Modi, he said he has paid Rs 15 crore as income tax in the last five years and still has to pay a bribe of Rs 5 lakhs to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for getting approval for an office.
In no time, his 6 million followers made sure his tweet went viral, making Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reply. Responding to the corruption charges alleged by Sharma, Fadnavis said, “Kapilbhai pls provide all info. Have directed MC,BMC to take strictest action. We will not spare the culprit.”
The BMC, the richest municipal corporation in the country which has faced corruption charges time and again, also responded to the complaint made by the comedian and asked him to take the formal route while naming the officer who demanded bribe.
But people on Twitter are asking the Sharma, why did he even agree to pay the bribe which is an offence in itself. “this should have been done before he paid the bribe. bribing a public servant is an offence,” said a user.
So it is also Kapil Sharma’s fault. Even though he didn’t say he actually paid the bribe. https://t.co/XXN2NBpskj
— SamSays (@samjawed65) September 9, 2016
— अंकित (@indiantweeter) September 9, 2016
— Harini Calamur (@calamur) September 9, 2016
Why would you target Kapil Sharma for highlighting an age old problem? Imagine how tough it is for the rest. A good thing to have spoken out
— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) September 9, 2016
And because, its Kapil Sharma, there were obviously jokes and sarcastic comments oozing on Twitter. Reactions range from ‘this is just another publicity stunt’ to ‘what about the bribe you to Sidhu to laugh at your jokes’ and what not!
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 9, 2016
Anyone else who is trying to calculate Kapil Sharma’s annual income since morning after reading about the 15 Crore tax or is it just me?
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) September 9, 2016
Waiting for Bhakts to declare Kapil Sharma an anti-national and boycott all his TV shows & movies.
How dare he question the God NaMo?
— Tathagat Khandelwal (@IAmTathagat) September 9, 2016
Pls help PM ..traffic police wala just took 100 rupees from the guy who jumped the signal in my area.yeh hai aapke Ache din?.#KapilSharma
— Abhishek Naik (@abhitweetsabhi) September 9, 2016
Real news is even likes of Kapil Sharma earn enough to pay 15 crores IT; @narendramodi sir,30 Sep ke baad pehli raids ent ind waalon pe pls
— Alok Bhatt (@alok_bhatt) September 9, 2016
Was Kapil Sharma’s popularity wanning ? Easiest way is tag PM Modi for any small reason and get instant limelight.
— ❅ Keep Smiling (@upma23) September 9, 2016
But Kapil Sharma never complains when he has to bribe Navjot Singh Sidhu to laugh on his every joke. Hypocrisy?
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) September 9, 2016
Kapil Sharma, his family, relatives (real & imaginary), friends, employers, pets (if any)- new troll targets today! https://t.co/VOUWc2X8CI
— Rohini Singh (@Rohinisgh_ET) September 9, 2016
RW troll takes no time to announce Kapil Sharma as AAP agent ! 😆😆
— आशुतोष (@ashu3page) September 9, 2016
Kapil Sharma has professional and emotional bonding with Sidhhu So he is attacking Modiji better ignore .. https://t.co/qkQKzadaHD
— नंदिता ठाकुर (@nanditathhakur) September 9, 2016
Meanwhile, as the matter escalated, reactions from all political parties are pouring in. And if you have something to add, please tell us in the comments below.