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Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant met state home minister Anil Deshmukh with the demand of the probe.
Sawant was quoted as saying by media sources that there was a ‘similar pattern behind these tweets by the celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, sportspersons Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal.”
Maharashtra government will probe celebrities, including Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, who had tweeted in support of India and the central government over farm laws.
Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Karan Johar and many others had put out tweets that supported India. This followed tweets that were put out by some international celebrities, such as singer Rihanna and activist Greta Thunberg, on February 3 supporting the farmers’ protest.
Earlier, the Congress had demanded a police investigation into the tweets to find out if the celebrities were ‘pressured by the Bharatiya Janata Party’ to take to social media in support of the Centre.
It seems that the coalition Maharashtra government, comprising the Congress, the Shiv Sena and the NCP, believes that tweeting in support of India warrants an investigation.