Coming out in support of comedian Kapil Sharma, who is in the middle of a controversy over his bribery tweet, Congress today said BJP’s “dirty tricks department” was targeting the artiste as he dared to speak about alleged corruption in the civic body.
“There is a ‘dirty tricks department’ in the BJP which swings into action whenever anyone raises fingers at it. The same is happening here with Sharma, who dared to take up the issue of corruption prevailing in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),” Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said.
The former MP said he was not supporting the alleged violation that Sharma may have done, but claimed that the TV personality-cum-actor was being “victimised by the BJP.”
“If he (Sharma) has done something wrong, law will take its own course, but I want to expose the way by which he is being victimised by antics and dirty tricks of BJP,” he said.
Attacking Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavi, Nirupam said, “The CM does not have any moral right to seek action against Sharma’s so called violations as his own office as well as many government establishments have been constructed by flouting norms.”
“When I had raised the issue of illegal gym built and run by his own minister Ravindra Waikar, the Chief Minister gave an imaginary figure that there were nearly 3,000 illegal gyms running across the city in order to protect his minister. So why only Sharma is being singled out and victimised?” he asked.
The Congress leader had yesterday written to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, alleging there were several illegal constructions linked to political parties in the city, including the CM’s bungalow, BJP head office at Nariman Point and most shakhas (branch offices) of Shiv Sena.