'Outsider' Kapil Sharma trying to defame Mumbai: Shiv Sena on BMC bribe row
Kapil Sharma was the winner of "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge" in 2007.
Mumbai: With Kapil Sharma's tweet about Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officer, seeking a Rs 5 lakh bribe for his office triggering a political row, Shiv Sena on Friday hit out at the star comedian and labelled him as an 'outsider'.
Sena termed Sharma as an 'outsider' saying, people come from outside and look to defame Mumbai.
While attacking the the winner of "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge" in 2007, Sena leader Sanjay Raut accused Sharma of reading out prepared scripts.
Sharma today created furore with his tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “"I am paying Rs 15 crore income tax from last five years and still I have to pay Rs 5 lakh bribe to BMC office (every year) for making my office. Is this your 'Achhe Din'?"
Reacting swiftly, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured of strict action against the culprit and asked the comedian to reveal the name of the person who demanded bribe.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 9, 2016
The BMC also asked Sharma to reveal the name of the officer who allegedly demanded the bribe.
Manohar Pawar, chief engineer of vigilance department in BMC said, “I have requested Kapil Sharmaji to reveal the name of the officer who demanded bribe so that we can initiate inquiry and appropriate action against him or her. We hope that he will cooperate with us."
Sharma hosts the popular comedy chat programme "The Kapil Sharma Show" on television.
Interestingly, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine governs the country's richest municipal body.