Anupam Kher who is a BJP supporter faced the heat on internet after he twitted and called for vote which raged a revolt throughout the internet
Veteran actor Anupam Kher who is a stern supporter of BJP faced the heat when he commented on over 600 film and theater artist not to vote for BJP on twitter.
Anupam on his twitter handle pointed out how some people from film fraternity who are influential are ‘officially campaigning’ for opposition parties by releasing letters for the public at large.
His approach did not go well with netizens such as Swara Bhaskar and Soni Razdan who reminded him of ‘Democracy’ in India.
Anupam wrote, “Some people from my fraternity have issued a letter for public to vote out the present government in elections. In other words, they are officially campaigning for opposition parties. Good! At least there are no pretensions here. Great.”
It all came up when artists like Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah and Konkona Sen Sharma came up with a joint appeal to the people to “help safeguard the Constitution and our syncretic, secular ethos” by not voting for the BJP.
Swara Bhaskar wrote as a reaction of Anupam’s Tweet: “Yes, it’s called democracy sir.”
To which Anupam replied: “Agreed! As long as it is not confused with intolerance when others use it.”
Soni Razdan came forward and twitted “If you can align yourself to the present government, why would you think others doing the same is any different? Just curious.”
Anupam then clarified saying he was just making an ‘observation’.
Unlike Anupam, several celebrities hailed the artistes appeal to people to vote out the government in the elections. ‘Fukrey’ actress Richa Chadha wrote: “I applaud the artistes’ fraternity for taking a stand, rejecting the politics of hate.
“I also understand the motivation of people seeking destruction of the nation’s social, moral fabric for temporary gains like cash for tweets and laal batti perks. It is an uncertain industry.”
Voting in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19.