While peak summer is weighing on Indians across the country, the BJP is facing a one-of-a-kind heatwave – severe criticism for its inability to contain surging fuel prices. On its ninth day now, petrol and diesel prices have shot up exponentially, burning a hole in the aam aadmi’s pocket. But the issue has also landed Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi No.1’ aka Akshay Kumar in a controversy.
"Guys, I think it’s time to clean up your bicycles and hit the road! As per sources, expecting another petrol price hike." - Akshy Kumar’s tweet in 2012, now deleted.
This is what Kumar tweeted in 2012 after fuel prices hit the roof. The Bollywood star, who is known to voice his opinion on many issues, was also publicly vocal about the fuel price hike back then.
A parody account on Twitter by the name of ‘Unofficial Sususwamy’ retweeted his tweet from 2012.
Akshay Sir, Big Fan! Can you please lend me your bycycle? I'll get it cleaned. https://t.co/uVWnlF6h4o— Unofficial Sususwamy (@swamv39) May 20, 2018
However, the tweet was soon found to be deleted, which irked many. Why the actor decided to delete the tweet is best known to him. But Twitterati was clearly not pleased with people calling him names like ‘ABVP supporter’ and ‘Canadian citizen’.
The ABVP Pracharak , Canadian Citizen , Padma Shri @akshaykumar Has Deleted His Tweet Regarding #Petrol Price Hike .. Request Him To Re-tweet it back As We Have Reached At Highest #FuelPrice Now .. Or is like 'sarkar ka chakkar babu bhaiyya' .. ! pic.twitter.com/XZmdqc3yJC— Niraj Bhatia (@bhatia_niraj23) May 21, 2018
I’m surprised why is nobody talking about the record high prices of Petrol & Diesel ?? Had this been happening under Congress, .. ahh never mind !! And look who deleted his old tweet from 2012 abt the petrol price hike, Mr @akshaykumar ? !! God damn Chamchas ! #FuelPriceHike— Manisha Makhija (@makhija_mm) May 21, 2018
Some other tweets of Kumar that were put during the UPA government’s regime also resurfaced.
Couldn't even get to my house at nite for all of Mumbai was queuing up for #petrol before the prices rocketed again.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 16, 2011
When I saw Rs. 62 trending, I thought it must be either the reduced petrol price or some new scam of Rs. 62 crores but… http://t.co/tJBnnZwG— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 15, 2012
Kumar wasn’t the only Bollywood actor who drew flak for his silence on the issue. Many on Twitter shared screenshots of previous tweets by actors like Amitabh bachchan and Anupam Kher and questioned their silence.
The price of petrol and diesel in the Modi government is skyrocketing, inflation is at its peak level,— संजीव शर्मा (@SanjeevINC) May 22, 2018
Before 2014, Amitabh, Ashok Pandit, Vivek Agnihotri, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher, who oppose rising prices of petrol and diesel, why silent? #FuelLootBySuitBoot @IYC pic.twitter.com/aL6CyLmvYz
@SrBachchan @akshaykumar @AnupamPKher @ashokepandit @vivekagnihotri Where are you guys ? Cycling...... To tweet on petrol price, fingers are needed, but your's are busy somewhere else? https://t.co/XALaQyLb5l— Rajneesh R. Gaikwad (@rgaikwad7) May 22, 2018
@SrBachchan and @akshaykumar both are spineless characters of Bollywood. Petrol price is all-time high, ppl are suffering, they should have protested as they did in the past, instead choose to keep silent. Their double standards and hypocrisy exposed.— Gangaram Raju (@gangaram_raju) May 22, 2018
Whether the comments of Bollywood actors are relevant on the issue or not is a subjective matter. But Akshay Kumar’s silence and his deletion of the Tweet has certainly not gone down well with Twitter users.
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