Trouble for Arnab Goswami and Kangana Ranaut as privilege motions accepted against them in Maharashtra Houses; BJP opposes motion against Republic TV founder

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Arnab Goswami may have received a breather from the Bombay High Court in police complaints alleging communal incitement by the controversial anchor, but the Republic TV founder has found himself in a spot of bother. Also facing the heat is pro-BJP Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut. Both are now facing privilege motions against them in both the Houses of the Maharashtra Assembly. While Goswami is accused of insulting Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, Kangana is facing the music for calling Mumbai ‘Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.’

The privilege motion against Goswami was moved by Shiv Sena MLA MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who accused the Republic TV founder of routinely insulting ministers, MPs and MLAs during his prime time TV debates. Much to Goswami’s discomfort, Sarnaik’s motion was seconded by none other than Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister Parab. Also supporting the motion against Goswami were NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and Samajwadi Party’s Abu Azmi.

To make matter worse for Goswami, Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, who is also the presiding authority, said that action will be taken on the Sarnaik’s proposal ‘as per legislative rules.’ Sarnaik later told reporters that the privilege motion against Goswami had been accepted by the Chair.

As expected, the BJP came to Goswami’s rescue as former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis opposed the motion against their favourite TV anchor.

In Legislative Council, Shiv Sena lawmaker Manisha Kayande moved a similar motion against Goswami. Congress legislator Ashok Jagtap moved a privilege motion against Kangana Ranaut for defaming Mumbai with her recent remarks.

A report by Indian Express said that Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Maharashtra Legislative Council Chairman, accepted both the motions, saying, “I have accepted the breach of privilege of motion. In the absence of a committee for it, I am going to decide on it (on the motion).”

Kangana had recently hurt the Maratha sentiments by comparing Mumbai to ‘Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.’ She had faced widespread condemnation for defaming a city, which gave her fame and success.

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  1. These ordinary people Arnab and Jangana who were unknown a few years back have risen to fame only because of insulting minorities in media.. Both Arnab and Kangana have spoken words which have incited communal feelings and hatred. Arnab uses all kinds of derogatory words against political figures, minorities and intellectuals to put his channel on top TRP. During Palghar incident he dragged Christians because of Mrs. Sonia who was a Christian from Italy and incited hatred against the Vatican leaders in Rome that they are happy about Palghar lynchings and will send letters of appreciation. Such is the kind of bigotry journalism he uses to get high TRP. He called the honorable Chief Minister Mr. Udhaav Thachery on his channel in a very insulting manner. Arnab even dragged Mr. Udhaav’son in the death of Sushant Singh. Kangana calling Mumbai a POK is a insult to every Maharashtrin. We love our city and it has been attacked by terrorists several times, seen several natural calamities but we have survived. Both should be punished for insulting Mahrashtrians and Mumbai.

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