Veteran Bollywood actor Sridevi passed away on 24 February due to a cardiac arrest. She was in Dubai for nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding when the tragedy struck. The news came as a massive shock to the film industry and fans all over the country. Everyone, from fans, to people in the industry, to politicians took to social media to express grief on the actor’s untimely death.
Amid all the social media noise, the Indian National Congress also tweeted their condolences with the tweet saying, “We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the UPA Govt in 2013”.
The tweet from the Congress made several people on social media furious about “politicising her death”.
The tweet saw comments like “You could have also mentioned that she was born when Congress Govt was in power and died when BJP govt is in power” and “I would not be surprised if they extend… she was alive when Indira and Rajiv were prime ministers but died in modi govt. Shameful (sic)”, the Indian Express reported.
The Congress twitter handle reworked the tweet to let go of the sentence that mentioned her winning the Padma Shri in 2003. The tweet now reads, “We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones.”
However, the edited tweet did not make any difference, in fact, it led to more criticism on the social media platform.
U forgot to take credit that she was born wen congress was in power and died when @BJP4India is in power.— VIJAY AGARWAL (@agarwalveejay) February 25, 2018
Good that you deleted the tweet with the objectionable "UPA gave her Padma Shri" nonsense. Would have been better if you had apologised.— Sreejith Panickar (@PanickarS) February 25, 2018
Nonsense party.— Sandeep Kumar (@Sandeep82200924) February 25, 2018
Nobody is interested in receiving your award.
The award is constitutional and given by Government of India not by your cheap political party.
This tweet shows the character of INC.
@OfficeOfRG couldn’t stand by your tweet for a day ????— Munish Bhardwaj (@bhamun) February 25, 2018
Who removed the last sentence. So sad that you guys don't spare a moment to galvanize your rule. What you thought that we will be able to see all this. Sad really sad pic.twitter.com/pOakDMkIPe— Navin Malhotra (@nm87955) February 25, 2018
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