Actress Payal Rohatgi has apologised for her tweet on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s ‘caste’ that triggered widespread condemnation from politicians including from the BJP. Some had even demanded her arrest. Rohatgi has now apologised for her tweet.
In her apology she stated that she had no affiliation with the BJP and was being targeted unfairly. She urged her fans to spread her apology amongst ‘Maratha brothers’ adding that her intention was deliberately twisted to cause hurt to her.
Reacting to her tweet, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant alleged that the BJP had paid Rohatgi to carry out character defamation of the opposition. NCP’s Nawab Malik had warned of public agitation if the state’s BJP government did not arrest Rohatgi.
Sawant was quoted by news agency PTI, “We won’t tolerate any disrespect towards Shivaji maharaj, who is idolised by many. Payal had also defamed Raja Ram Mohan Roy, supported“Sati” system, and now she has also dared to insult Shivaji Maharaj. This behaviour won’t be tolerated.”
Her tweet, now deleted, had read, “Chhatrapati shivaji maharaja was born in shudra varna in family of farmers and by sacred thread ceremony and remarriage to his spouse made a kshtriaya so that he could be coronated King. So people from one Varna could go to another Varna if they acquired that skill. No casteism (sic)?”
Since facing public outrage, Rohatgi has been seen wishing Muslims Eid Mubarak on their festival of Eid. In another video, the controversial actress was seen distributing gifts to the poor on the occasion of Eid.
— PAYAL ROHATGI & Team -BHAKTS of BHAGWAN RAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) June 5, 2019
Rohatgi wishing Muslims on their festival of Eid comes days after she expressed her hatred towards the community by demanding the change of Delhi’s Khan Market’s name since it was named after a Muslim.
The video of Rohatgi distributing gifts on Eid came hours after she took to the microblogging site to wish all Eid Mubarak.