NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday urged cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar – who earlier this week tweeted as a part of a celebrity-fueled pushback towards pop star Rihanna and her six-word tweet on the farmers’ protest – to “train warning whereas talking about every other subject”.
Mr Pawar’s remark got here a number of days after Tendulkar joined a protracted record of Indian actors, sportspersons and politicians tweeting on unity and farmers – an inventory triggered by Rihanna’s tweet and the wave of worldwide headlines and help it generated.
“Many individuals have reacted sharply to the stand by them (Indian celebrities). I’d advise Sachin to train warning whereas talking about every other subject,” Mr Pawar was quoted by information company ANI.
Mr Pawar additionally criticised the centre for saying the protesters had been “Khalistanis or terrorists”.
“Agitators are farmers who feed our nation… not proper to name them Khalistanis or terrorists,” Mr Pawar, who was Agriculture Minister within the Congress-led UPA authorities, was quoted by information company PTI.
The remark was met with a swift retort from BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
“How I really feel his recommendation was made accessible to Mia Khalifa, Rihanna and Greta Thunberg! I used to be additionally considering what about understanding and but not talking, since he has been a former Agriculture Minister, labored with APMCs (and) issued letters in favour of reforms…” she tweeted.
How I really feel his recommendation was made accessible to Mia Khalifa, Rihanna & Greta Thunberg ! I used to be additionally considering what about understanding & but not talking, since he has been a former Agriculture Minister, labored with APMC’s , issued letters in favour of reforms…. https://t.co/MLJ1XA5LHx
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) February 6, 2021
In December Mr Pawar was pressured to defend himself after the BJP dug out an old letter through which he, because the Agriculture Minister, sought farm sector reforms by bringing in personal participation. The BJP promptly accused Mr Pawar of double requirements.
And final week the present Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, went head-to-head with Mr Pawar over the latter’s tweet-critique of the farm legal guidelines.
A lot of outstanding folks, together with Tendulkar, fellow cricketer Virat Kohli, actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, and iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar, have tweeted as a part of what seemed to be a deliberate pushback towards Rihanna, teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg and others.
“India’s sovereignty can’t be compromised. Exterior forces could be spectators however not individuals. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s stay united as a nation,” Tendulkar wrote, with the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
The centre’s response was a caustic assertion warning international celebrities and people tweeting of the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and feedback”.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “No propaganda can deter India’s unity…”.
Since then a doc shared by Ms Thunberg and others has come beneath scrutiny, with Delhi Police believing it indicates a conspiracy against the country and will have been used to plan and incite the violent clashes that occurred within the nationwide capital on Republic Day.
Earlier right this moment Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar instructed reporters preliminary inquiries into the “toolkit” had “revealed a lot” and stated: “We have to attend and see what else comes out”.
Lakhs of farmers throughout India are protesting the centre’s new farm legal guidelines, claiming it endangers their livelihood by permitting massive company companies to bully them. The farmers additionally worry the lack of MSP.
The centre, nevertheless, insists the legal guidelines will probably be useful and won’t scrap them. As an alternative, an 18-month keep was provided – after the Supreme Court docket paused implementation – however turned down.
At the moment the farmers held a peaceful three-hour chakka jam (blocking) of state and nationwide highways in lots of components of northern India.
With enter from ANI, PTI