RGV's tweets on Ganesha kicks up controversy

RGV's tweets on Ganesha kicks up controversy

RGV's tweets on Ganesha kicks up controversy

While a string of tweets about Lord Ganesha on the first day of the 10-day Ganesha festival on Friday landed Ram Gopal Varma in controversy, the filmmaker had a case filed against him for the comments termed widely as “blasphemous” and “against the law of the land”.

Though Varma later apologised for the comments, Advocate Karunasagar from the BJP filed a complaint against RGV in Saroornagar Police station in Cyberabad limits (Hyderabad) under Sections 295A, 298 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code.

Apart from questioning the ability of Ganesha to remove obstacles from the path of his devotees, the 52-year-old producer and director also made fun of his physical attributes in the tweets. His comments drew strong reactions from leaders across the political divide.

While Shaina N C of the BJP called it “blasphemous and insensitive”, Congress’ former MP from Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam demanded police action against him for violating the law of the land.

“Ram Gopal Varma has not been able to give a hit film in a long time. He wants to remain in the news and so is making such statements. As he has violated the law of the land, police must take action against him,” Nirupam said.

Prem Shukla of the Shiv Sena also questioned the timing of the tweets. “His comments at this time are intentional and merit criminal action against him. This is a cheap and dirty way to be in the news,” he said.

As the director-producer faced an avalanche of criticism, he, in another twitter post said,” All tweets I put on Ganesha were in my usual manner but unintended by me to hurt anyone’s sentiments...but if they did I sincerely apologise.”