In the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, on Sunday, 19 May, Farhan Akhtar tweeted an appeal to Bhopal’s citizens, not to vote for BJP candidate Pragya Thakur to save themselves from another ‘full-of-gas tragedy’. He tweeted with the hashtag ‘Say No To Godse,’ alluding to Thakur’s recent controversial remark in which she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot.”
However, the constituency had already gone for polling in the sixth phase, on 12 May, making Akhtar too late in his appeal.
Twitter had a field day over Akhtar’s blunder.
A user called out Akhtar’s “seriousness” over the issue since he didn’t even know when Bhopal was scheduled to vote.
आपको यही नहीं पता भोपाल में वोटिंग कब है/थी...!!!! ज़ाहिर है आपके लिए ये मुद्दा क्या मायने रखता है....सब जान गए आपकी अपील के पीछे वाली भावना को भी कितनी गम्भीरता से लेना है ?— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) May 19, 2019
Bhai whatsapp group sahi time pe check kiya karo. Aisa tweet karne ka instruction ek week pehle mila hoga. Ab toh ho gayi voting Bhopal mein— Chowkidar Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) May 19, 2019
Farhan either u r too early or you are too late...I guess the cheque got cleared yesterday only #Paidtweets— Pankaj Sharma (@02Pankaz) May 19, 2019
Users also pointed out that it was the Congress government that “released the person responsible for the tragedy”, referring to the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Ha.— Pavithra (@pavithrab96) May 19, 2019
Dear Farhan Akhtar,
Bhopal went to vote a while back so you're a bit too late. Also Rajiv Gandhi was the one who released the person responsible for this horrendous tragedy you choose to make fun of. https://t.co/Z9P7FEvNRf
@FarOutAkhtar— Santosh Mishra (@thesilentsoul07) May 19, 2019
The two were the leaders during Bhopal Gas tragedy and thanks for letting everyone encourage not to vote for their party @INCIndia
Note - I strongly condemn the statement by #Pragya on Mahatma. pic.twitter.com/PDqyZzq5WX
Another user also condemned the actor for his ‘insensitive’ use of the Bhopal gas tragedy to further a political agenda.
Shame on you for using ‘gas tragedy’ in your insensitive nonsensical politically motivated remark!! from a victim #apologizetobhopal— Mahim Sisodiya (@Mahim_Sisodiya) May 19, 2019
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