New Delhi: Two issues have erupted as controversies on Twitter: AIMIM’s Waris Pathan’s divisive communal comments and the sedition charge against Amulya Leona, a student activist, who raised ‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogans at a public meeting in Bengaluru.
#WATCH The full clip of the incident where a woman named Amulya at an anti-CAA-NRC rally in Bengaluru raised slogan of 'Pakistan zindabad' today. AIMIM Chief Asaddudin Owaisi present at rally stopped the woman from raising the slogan; He has condemned the incident. pic.twitter.com/wvzFIfbnAJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
#WATCH AIMIM leader Waris Pathan: …They tell us that we've kept our women in the front – only the lionesses have come out&you're already sweating. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together. 15 cr hain magar 100 ke upar bhaari hain, ye yaad rakh lena.(15.2) pic.twitter.com/KO8kqHm6Kg
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
While sympathetic, many were irritated with Leona. Journalist Swati Chaturvedi draws a line between sedition and… Read for yourself
Stupidity is not sedition.
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) February 21, 2020
Filmmaker Amit Mehra wags his finger at Leona and the Bengaluru administration.
My point is her overzealousness, be it in bad taste, deserved at best a rap on the knuckles. She is a teenager for God's sake! She does not deserve to be charged and tried for sedition for using an inappropriate slogan! What kind of a fear psychosis are we trying to build?!
— Amit Mehra (@amitmehra) February 21, 2020
Tehseen Poonawalla, Congress supporter, is annoyed by Leona’s selfishness.
What #AmulyaLeona did with her attention seeking was to put the entire #CAA_NRC_Protests in a religious context . Should she be charged with sedition, NO! But like #SharjeelImam she made the protests communal . Very selfish
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) February 21, 2020
Not unexpectedly, BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya compares Leona’s ‘Pakistan zindabad’ with Shaheen Bagh protests.
‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogans raised at an ‘anti-CAA’ rally in Bengaluru’s Freedom Park with Asaduddin Owaisi on stage…
This is the under belly of these protests! pic.twitter.com/nvXAxgFdsn
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) February 20, 2020
Actor Richa Chadha is really embarrassed — to find out why.
And global embarrassment update for today… going to be daily updates now folks ! Good night. https://t.co/4AZ457Svcb
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 20, 2020
Onto Pathan’s ugly remarks. After a storm broke about his ears, he issued a statement to explain away his statement.
My statement on media reports. pic.twitter.com/bK1X6olQym
— Waris Pathan (@warispathan) February 20, 2020
The Shaheen Bagh protesters, meanwhile, are impressed by his acting skills — are they sure he’s acting, though?
— Shaheen Bagh Official (@ShaheenBaghPro) February 20, 2020
Congress leaders Jaiveer Shergill and Gaurav Gogoi see a strong resemblance between Union Minister Giriraj Singh and Pathan. Singh had stated that all Muslims ought to have gone to Pakistan, at a rally in Bihar.
I don’t see any difference between Waris Pathan and Giriraj Singh. They are the opposite ends of the same coin. They both need each other to survive. https://t.co/qSDcQ4fFAN
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) February 21, 2020
BJP Ministers Giriraj Singh says “all muslims should have been sent to Pakistan in 1947” & AIMIM spokesperson #WarisPathan says “15 Crore will outweigh 100” – BJP & AIMIM are playing a mutually beneficial “fixed match” of politics of communalism, divisiveness & hate
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) February 21, 2020
After two Dalit men were brutalised and tortured, author Yashica Dutt has a question.
In Maharashtra a Dalit mother & her 7 yr old daughter are RAPED, KILLED & tossed into a well.
In Rajasthan, a Dalit man is brutally sodomized w/ a SCREWDRIVER + KEROSENE.
These are only ones we’ve heard about.
Dalits are assaulted, raped, killed almost daily. Time to ask why
— Yashica Dutt (@YashicaDutt) February 20, 2020
Ah, here’s some good news, for a change, let’s celebrate with actor Shilpa Shetty.
🧿𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗮🧿
Born: February 15, 2020
Please bestow our angel with all your love and blessings🙏🏻❤
Raj and Shilpa Shetty Kundra#SamishaShettyKundra #daughter #MahaShivratri pic.twitter.com/ClH9AAO4rR
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) February 21, 2020
And, US President Donald Trump is ticked off by a Parasite…well, sorta.
— NEON (@neonrated) February 21, 2020