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Kapil Sharma’s Tweets On Paying Bribe Stir Debate

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Comedian Kapil Sharma of Comedy Nights With Kapil fame recently stirred up a controversy through two tweets. Sharma alleged corruption in the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over a bribe of Rs 5 Lakhs he was asked to pay for building his office. His allegations, however, triggered adverse reactions from political parties.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray responded to the tweet immediately, assuring action if the allegations were found true.

According to The Hindu, the BMC sent Sharma a letter, asking him to provide details about the officials who asked for the bribe, and promised to take action.

At the same time, it is alleged that the civic body had served Sharma a notice on 16 July, informing him to stop the illegal construction of his commercial property on a residential plot near Versova mangroves in Mumbai.

On August 4, after receiving no reply from him, the ward officers demolished the extension, said the K-West ward assistant municipal com missioner, Parag Masurkar. With BMC elections months away, politicians of all hues waded into the controversy.

BMC's notice to Sharma Courtesy: NDTV.com
BMC’s notice to Sharma
Courtesy: NDTV.com

The comedian has allegedly built his office over a 4,000 square feet area, with another floor currently under construction on the ground plus one property. Technically, this goes against the rules of the BMC, considering the area is located close to mangroves. It is also alleged that portions of the forest was cut for Sharma’s construction. Sharma, however, is yet to responded to the BMC notice.

Sharma’s tweets have also garnered the attention of BJP members alleging that it is an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) propaganda, in order to defame BJP. There were also questions raised over why Sharma didn’t file a police complaint about the bribe demand. Sharma, who spoke exclusively to CNN News 18 on Friday, maintained that he has done nothing wrong.

It was reported by NDTV that the comedian allegedly takes home a salary of Rs 60 Lakhs per episode for his show. The reactions to Kapil Sharma’s tweets, however, has been met with humour, with many turning his plight into a catchphrase – ‘Kya Yeh Hai Aapke Acche Din?‘ (Are these your ‘good days’?).

Feature Image Courtesy : Indian Express

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