Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took a dig at the Shiv Sena-led government in the state over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's move to demolish Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's office in Mumbai, saying the government would not demolish underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's home in the city.
The BJP leader accused the Shiv Sena of blowing the Kangana Ranaut issue out of proportion even as the state continues to record high number of COVID-19 cases. “Kangana Ranaut’s issue was blown out of proportion by you (Shiv Sena). She is not a political leader. You don’t go to demolish Dawood’s home but you demolished her place,” news agency ANI quoted the BJP leader as saying.
Fadnavis pointed out that every day, Maharashtra is witnessing 23,000-25,000 cases of the pandemic, with the state registering 40 per cent of the COVID-19 deaths in the country, and said, "But Maharashtra government doesn't want to fight it... they are fighting Kangana."
According to NDTV, the BJP leader said if the state government spends half the energy that they are wasting on fighting the Bollywood actor, to fight the pandemic, the state can save many lives.
The Shiv Sena-ruled BMC, on Wednesday, pulled down some illegal alterations at the Bandra bungalow of Ranaut. However, the Bombay High Court later ordered a stay on the process. Addressing Uddhav Thackeray, Ranaut later posted a video message saying his "ego will be destroyed" the way her Bandra home was demolished.