Maharashtra CM's wife lands in a soup over 'risky' ship selfie

Amruta Fadnavis collage A collage of Amruta Fadnavis speaking at an event (Twitter handle of Amruta Fadnavis) and Amruta Fadnavis attempting to take a selfie on board the cruise ship (video screengrab)

Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has been able to carve out a public niche for herself in her work as a singer and activist since her husband took office in 2014. Amruta hasn't shied away from the limelight, but this has, at times, backfired on her.

On Sunday, a video clip of Amruta clicking a selfie sitting on the edge of a cruise ship went viral. Amruta was on board India's first cruise liner, Angriya, on its inaugural journey from Mumbai on October 20. The video clip of Amruta clicking a selfie as others—including a policeman in uniform—watched on, invited trolling on Twitter as users accused her of acting in a risky manner. Amruta was also accused of ignoring safety warnings.

Following the criticism, Amruta sought to defend herself. On Monday, she told a Marathi news channel that the spot where she took a selfie was “not dangerous because there were two more steps below.”

She also advised youth they should not take excessive risks when clicking a selfie. However, Amruta also said, “"If anyone thinks I have made some mistake, then I apologise for it.”

In February, the chief minister was criticised for appearing in a musical video featuring Amruta for saving rivers. Opposition parties criticised Devendra Fadnavis for appearing in a video that was produced by a non-government entity.

Last December, Amruta was trolled heavily for appearing in a Christmas charity event in Mumbai. Twitter trolls accused Amruta of promoting Christian missionaries and demanded she promote Hindu festivals as well.

(With PTI inputs)