Shiv Sena-led BMC razes Kangana Ranaut’s office, actor calls it death of democracy

Power politics at it again, as ruling coalition government in Maharashtra seems to be punishing the actress for her critical views on the state government and police’s handling of the Sushant Singh Rajput case

By Mayur Lookhar

India’s image as a democracy lays in tatters , rather in the debris of the razed office of Manikarnika Films – the production house of actor Kangana Ranaut. Incensed over Kangana Ranaut’s critical comment, the Maharashtra coalition government flexed its powers [arbitrarily] as the Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished portions of the Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi [2019] actress’ Pali Hill, Bandra office.

Ranaut, who is on her way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, slammed the action of the BMC and the Maharasthra government and equated it with Mughal ruler Babur’s demolition of the Ram Mandir centuries ago.

Ranaut expressed her strong views through a series of Tweets and didn’t hesitate in using the Pakistan word again to condemn the state government.

“मणिकर्णिका फ़िल्म्ज़ में पहली फ़िल्म अयोध्या की घोषणा हुई, यह मेरे लिए एक इमारत नहीं राम मंदिर ही है, आज वहाँ बाबर आया है, आज इतिहास फिर खुद को दोहराएगा राम मंदिर फिर टूटेगा मगर याद रख बाबर यह मंदिर फिर बनेगा यह मंदिर फिर बनेगा, जय श्री राम , जय श्री राम , जय श्री राम,” tweeted Ranaut.

(The first film in Manikarnika films, Ayodhya was announced, it is not a building for me but Ram temple itself, today Babur has come there, today history will repeat itself Ram temple will be broken again but remember Babar this temple will be built again, this temple will be built again, Jai Shri Ram, Jai Shri Ram, Jai Shri Ram Folded hands)

The BMC had sent a notice to Ranaut over alleged illegal construction in her office and had given her a ‘stop work’ notice. Ranaut was given 24 hours to reply to the notice. The actress did reply to the notice through her lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui denying that there was any work happening in her office and termed the unauthorized construction allegations as baseless.

The BMC though wasn’t satisfied with the response and went ahead in demolishing portions of her office.

Ranaut has moved the Bombay High Court against this demolition. She called the action of BMC as contempt of the Bombay High Court order of no demolition in the city till 30 September. Ranaut was threatened by Shiv Sena MP for her controversial tweets.

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