Bollywood star backs off a bit after a tweet war with Diljit Dosanj
Actor Kangana Ranaut has got herself mired in yet another controversy after she said that an elderly woman, who was seen protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh in the national capital in December-March, was seen in the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi as well.
Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanj on Wednesday shared a video story by an international news channel that slammed the actor for misidentifying the elderly woman at the farmers’ protest in the national capital as Bilkis Bano, famously known as “Shaheen Bagh dadi ” for her role in the December 2019-March 2020 protests against the CAA. The video posted by Dosanjh on Twitter featured a Bhatinda-based elderly woman Mahinder Kaur, who according to the news channel was misidentified by Ranaut.
“Respected MAHINDER KAUR JI. Ah Sunn La Ni With Proof @KanganaTeam Banda Ena V Ni Anna Hona Chaida.. Kush v Boli Turi jandi aa .. (Respected MAHINDER KAUR JI. Listen to this with proof @KanganaTeam. A person should not be that blind. You can’t speak just anything),” Dosanjh tweeted in Punjabi with the video.
Responding to the famous Punjabi singer, Ranaut reiterated that the same “Bilkis Bano dadi ji” who was a part of the “citizenship,” protest had also joined the farmers’ protest.Ranaut again tweeted she had only commented on “Shaheen Baag dadi cos they instigated riots there even that tweet was deleted almost immediately, I don’t know from where they brought another elderly lady in to (sic) the picture and now endlessly spreading lies. Vultures trying to instigate mob against a woman.”
After a day-long online war, the ‘Manikarnika’ star took to Twitter to share multiple tweets and check the misconceptions that led to the social media war.
“I am with farmers, last year I activity promoted agroforestry and donated for the cause as well, I have been vocal about farmers exploitation and their problems also I worry a lot so prayed for resolves in this sector, which finally happened with this revolutionary bill,” she said.
In the second tweet, she said she was certain that the government will address all the doubts on the overrated issue, “This Bill is going to transform farmers lives for better in many ways, I understand the anxiousness and effect of many rumours but I am certain government will address all doubts, please be patient. I am with my farmers and people of Punjab hold a special place in my heart.”
A Punjab-based lawyer had earlier on Wednesday sent a legal notice to Ranaut for allegedly misidentifying the woman at the farmers’ protest in the national capital as Bilkis Bano.Notably, Ranaut had deleted her tweet allegedly misidentifying the woman after she was slammed for the same on social media.
Meanwhile, a legal notice has been sent to Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut by a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Jasmain Singh Noni for her tweet, which she subsequently deleted, in which she “wrongly” identified an old woman at farmers’ protest as Shaheen Bagh’s Bilkis Dadi.
The notice, sent by Advocate Harpreet Singh Hora on behalf of Jasmain Singh Noni, said Ranaut had peddled “unverified information”. The tweet had alleged that the old woman was available for protests for Rs 100.
Hora said Ranaut had deleted the tweet.The legal notice said that when her premises were demolished, she had used social media to gather solidarity from her fans stating that her fundamental rights have been violated.
Harbhajan Mann declines Shiromani Gayak award in support of stir
Indian-Canadian singer Harbhajan Mann on Friday declined to accept the Shiromani Gayak award in support of the farmers protesting against the farm laws.
Taking to Twitter, the singer said that although he is grateful to be selected for one of the most reputable cinematic awards Shiromani Gayak, he would not be able to accept it. He tweeted, “Though I’m grateful to be selected, I humbly cannot accept the Shiromani Gayak award from the Department of Language. People’s love is the biggest award of my career, and all attention and efforts right now from us all must be dedicated to the peaceful farmers’ protest #farmerprotest”.
The 54-year-old star has been physically and actively participating in the current protests in the national capital and steadily updating fans about the protests through social media.Apart from Harbhajan, other actors and singers too have supported the farmers’ protests including Ammy Virk, Diljit Dosanjh, Himanshi Khurana, and Jassi Gill.