Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole has threatened that unless Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar criticise the BJP-led central government over rising prices of fuel, screening, shooting and release of their films in the state will not be allowed.
Lashing out at the film stars, Nana Patole, who was till 2018 with the Bharatiya Janata Party, said that Bachchan and Kumar “do not have the courage to speak against the dictatorial Modi government. During the Manmohan Singh government, people like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar used to tweet (about fuel prices)”.
@SrBachchan & @akshaykumar is being threatened by @NANA_PATOLE to tweet against fuel prices or their movies won’t release in #Maharashtra , @INCIndia how can you’ll force someone to express in your behalf ? #MahaVikasAghadi @AUThackeray @mihirkotecha @DevangVDave @RoadsOfMumbai
— Nikhil Bohra (@nikhilrbohra) February 19, 2021
Patole’s statement has met with the approval of the Congress’s ally in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena. Party MP Arvind Sawant said there was nothing wrong with Patole’s statement.
Congress' threat to Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, 'won't let them shoot their films,' says Nana Patole https://t.co/Qeaj2hwc4O Both these buggers are hypocrites. They suck up to the BJP. Their silence is testament to their hypocrisy. Shame on them
— Calmwhale (@narrowpeak) February 19, 2021
— Raj (@I_Love_Mumbai_2) February 19, 2021
The Congress leader went on to add that films of Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bacchan’s films will not be watched in Maharashtra as they are not speaking up ‘for people who buy tickets to watch them’, hiding his threat to the film stars behind questions such as: ‘Are you under Modi government’s pressure because of which you are not saying anything about rising fuel prices?’
Congress leader Patole is right in awakening two named Bollywood celebrities who protested marginal hike in fuel prices during UPA rule and are now silent when the prices are all time high. They presumably want to remain in good books of present rule.
— Majeed Memon (@advmajeedmemon) February 19, 2021
“Those who don’t speak up for people who buy tickets to watch them, their movies won’t be watched in Maharashtra nor will shooting take place. This isn’t a threat. It’s about democracy and you are public idols and hold accountability,” Patole said and asked the actors to protest the central government’s ‘anti-national policies’.
Meanwhile, the BJP has come down heavily on Patole and asked Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to register a complaint against him.
Nana Patole will contribute in sinking Congress' ship faster in Maharashtra, for sure. The way he is behaving very arrogantly & talking nonsense, is not going down well with the people.
— Madhavi Divadkar (@MadhaviDivadkar) February 19, 2021
“The Congress is openly threatening those who are standing in support of Ma Bharati. The country will not tolerate this. How can they openly threaten film celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar? How is this democracy?" asked BJP MLA Ram Kadam.
Shiv Sena extends support to Maha Congress leader Nana Patole's threat to stop Amitabh, Akshay’s film shootshttps://t.co/btoxlqEly6@AGSawant @NANA_PATOLE #ShivSena #Congress #ArvindSawant #NanaPatole #FarmersProtest @SrBachchan @akshaykumar
— Truescoopnews (@TrueScoopNews) February 19, 2021
Fuel prices in the country are at an unprecedented high, with petrol prices crossing Rs 100 per litre in some cities.
Former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis dubbed Patole’s comments a ‘publicity stunt’.
People of Maha never gave mandate to @INCIndia & @ShivSena as they know about them.They are jailing journalists & abusing stars. If stars speak against them,they demolish homes. Bollywood don't deserve this kind of treatment.This back door entry govt don't deserve to be in power.
— koolswan (@koolswan) February 19, 2021
“This is Nana Patole’s publicity stunt as he has been newly elected as the state Congress president. How can anyone stop shooting? There is democracy and law in the country,” said Fadnavis.