I’m not part of any political outfit, clarifies Kapil Sharma


Faced with growing outrage by Raj Thackeray’s party and supporters of the BJP, comedian Kapil Sharma has clarified that he was not part of any political organisation and his tweets were just manifestation of his anger against corruption.

“I had expressed my concerns. It took shape of unnecessary controversy. I am not a part of any political organisations and nor do I intend to be. I have utmost respect for prime minister and governments, both Union and states. This was my anger against corruption that I expressed on twitter,” Sharma was quoted by ANI.

The famous comedian also tweeted on 9 September, “I just voiced my concern on the corruption I faced with certain individuals..Its No blame on any political party be it BJP, MNS or ShivSena.”

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Monday had implied that Kapil Sharma had tweeted targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s achche din at the behest of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Tiwari told ANI, “jinkay khne pr ye baat keh rahe hain, voh ek crore kay chai-samosa kha lete hain (Person whose behest Kapil has tweeted this has spent Rs 1 crore on just tea and samosas.)”

On Saturday, Mumbai civic body claimed that that the artist had flouted norms not only in his Versova office building but also in his apartment in suburban Goregaon.

“We received two complaints from separate people about illegal construction being done in Sharma’s both premises, one in Versova and another in Goregaon. In both the cases, we followed the due procedure and first served notice before initiating action,” said a senior BMC official, seeking anonymity.

“In the Versova case, the Corporation had served a notice on him on July 16. Since he did not pay heed to it, we demolished the illegal portion of his office structure on August 4. As far as another complaint is concerned, he was served notice under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act in April for unauthorised work on his 9th floor apartment at Goregaon (West),” he said.

Kapil had yesterday kicked up a row when he tweeted that BMC officers sought a bribe of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of his premises in Versova. However, he has not so far, put forth his side on the allegations of violation of norms levelled by the civic body.