Worldwide pop star Rihanna, who holds Barbadian (from the Caribbean island of Barbados) citizenship, is “anti-national”, the BJP’s Sambit Patra declared Tuesday, after the singer’s six-word tweet on the farmers’ protest triggered a wave of assist for them, a flood of offended feedback focusing on her and a warning by the federal government towards “sensationalist” feedback.
Sambit Patra, who’s with BJP chief JP Nadda on a two-day go to of Kerala, additionally hit out at Congress MP Rahul Gandhi – who this morning cautioned the federal government towards prolonging the standoff with the farmers – for making an attempt to attain political brownie factors on a topic he knew nothing about.
“Rihanna and Rahul each know nothing about farmers… about crops, however each are tweeting on this subject. The place had been these folks when Gandhi’s statue was attacked? Why did not these worldwide celebs tweet then?” Sambit Patra requested.
“Did they tweet when Kashmiri Pandits are taken out? Did they tweet when Delhi Police acquired injured with swords on January 26? None of those worldwide activists tweeted then. Rahul Gandhi goes overseas meets anti-India parts… whether or not it’s Rihanna or Mia Khalifa. It’s all propaganda to defame India. These are anti-national parts,” he raged.
Late Tuesday night time Rihanna tweeted to her 100 million followers: “Why aren’t we speaking about this?” and shared an article on the farmers’ protest by American information outlet CNN.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
That six-word tweet triggered a wave of assist for the farmers, but additionally led to a livid pushback towards the singer – together with an abusive reply by actor Kangana Ranaut.
Rihanna’s tweet was rapidly adopted by one from teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg, American and British politicians, and Lebanese-American former grownup movie star Mia Khalifa.
The flood of assist apparently unnerved the federal government, which this morning mentioned “a really small part of farmers have reservations concerning the reforms”.
“Temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and feedback, particularly when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither correct nor accountable,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned.
Lakhs of farmers throughout India are protesting the centre’s new farm legal guidelines, claiming it endangers their livelihood by permitting giant company corporations to bully them.
The centre insists the legal guidelines will profit farmers and has refused to repeal them. As a substitute, an 18-month keep was supplied – after the Supreme Court docket stopped implementation for 2 years – however turned down.
Final week the farmers’ tractor rally via Delhi turned violent after some teams veered off beam and stormed into the Purple Fort, resulting in the dying of 1 individual and accidents to lots of of cops.
Since then the centre’s containment measures have escalated, with barbed wire fences, concrete barricades and iron rods getting used to cease farmers from advancing into the nationwide capital.