Sonu Nigam quits Twitter, rants at length in support of Paresh Rawal, Abhijeet
Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam has sent out a series of 24 tweets building up to his exit from Twitter. He asked the media and his followers to take screenshots of his tweets as the messages will soon disappear when he leaves the website.
Before quitting, he talked about how actor Paresh Rawal and singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya are being criticised on social media for sharing their controversial views on Twitter.
Rawal recently wrote in a tweet that acclaimed author Arundhati Roy be tied to an army jeep, suggesting she be used as a shield in a manner similar to the way a man was used in Kashmir last month.
“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”, the Lok Sabha member from Gujarat tweeted late on Sunday. It wasn’t clear what context he was speaking in. Twitter authorities later made him delete his tweet.
Abhijeet made a crass tweet about JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid after which, his account was suspended by Twitter. Abhijeet had retweeted about the JNU student, “There is rumour she took money for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client... big racket.” In another tweet, he had insulted a woman Twitter user when she called him out for his incendiary tweets, where he wrote, “You Ms Pak. Tell me your cage no? Will reach there... Will do the favourite pose.”
In April this year, Sonu sparked another controversy where he tweeted how the sounding of morning azaan on loudspeakers at a mosque near his residence would not let him get proper sleep. His statements angered many and a Muslim cleric even offered Rs 10 lakh to anyone who would shave the singer’s head. Sonu called a press conference to his home where he got himself tonsured. The cleric still did not pay him the reward.
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