Amit Malviya cites Sacred Games to invoke Indira Gandhi's assassination, mocks Rajiv
In a taunt to tease the Congress party and its first family, BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya has questioned Rajiv Gandhi over becoming the prime minister soon after his mother Indira Gandhi's assassination. Amit Malviya wrote on Twitter, "Son became PM on the back of mother's death (and) soon after engineered Bofors scam. I thought if the prime minister of the country (Rajiv Gandhi) does not have any ethics, why would I follow straight route"
He has hash-tagged web series Sacred Games and Bofors. It is not yet clear whether his Twitter post refers to dialogues from the latest episode of Netflix's Sacred Games.
Amit Malviya also attached a 12-second video along with his post on Twitter. The video shows shots of cremation of Indira Gandhi with Rajiv standing near the pyre. It further shows Rajiv Gandhi meeting with foreign dignitaries as the prime minister and fire-shots from Bofors guns that were purchased during his government. The Bofors gun purchase was marred into controversy over allegations of kickbacks being paid to middlemen. The case is undecided till date.
The remarks on former prime minister has come a day after the Congress workers took objection to Netflix series, Sacred Games for allegedly making "insulting" references about Rajiv Gandhi. A Congress worker in West Bengal lodged a complaint with police.
A character - played by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui - in one of the episodes of Sacred Games called Rajiv Gandhi "fattu". Netflix translated the word as "pu***" in the subtitles, which the Congress worker Rajiv Sinha termed as "insulting".
In a parallel development, a plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of certain scenes from the Netflix series Sacred Games. The petitioner claimed that its content was derogatory to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The plea alleged that certain scenes and dialogues in the show defamed the late Congress leader.
Sacred Games tells the story of a police officer who attempts to thwart a terrorist attack in Mumbai. The web series is based on Vikram Chandra's 2006 thriller novel of the same name.
(With PTI inputs)