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Kangana. Political Spat. Demolition. BMC. And A Pandemic. If You Aren’t Able To Keep Track Of What Happened, Here’s A Timeline

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If I were to switch the TV on right this second, or even randomly google the current statistic of Coronavirus cases and deaths in India, I’d be swamped and overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it. Yes, the lockdown has eased, people are ambling about on streets in the name of running “crucial” chores, but the reality is far more different, and much more worse. On one hand, where the country is struggling to contain the number of Covid positive cases, so much so that we have 90,000 plus cases registered in one single day, on the other hand, a different and indifferent lot of people have decided this to be the perfect time to entertain themselves with the Rhea Chakraborty, SSR case which is now Ft. Kangana for some entirely inexplicable reason.

How It All Started

The two parties involved in the current feud, that has literally people forget that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, is Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut (no guesses there) and Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation that has recently demolished the Manikarnika actress’s Mumbai office-cum-residence.

For the uninitiated, let us take you back to the moment from when things started getting heated and so out of control. This started when the Manikarnika actress compared the Mumbai city to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), irking the ruling Shiv Sena which also controls the BMC. Now we are not sure what prompted Kangana to say some this bizarre and rousing, but it obviously didn’t go down well. With a war of words waged on Shiv Sena, she has alleged that it was them who were responsible for making BMC look into the construction happening at her Pali Hill office.

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BMC Issued A Legal Notice

On 8th September, BMC had served a ‘stop work’ notice to Kangana after inspecting her office-cum-residence for illegal construction. A three-page notice stating all the violations had been pasted at the gate of the building and Kangana had been asked to respond within 24 hours, failing which the BMC had said it would take action. Ranaut however, through the help of her lawyer (and promptly enough) sought a time of seven days to reply to the notice.

She approached the Bombay High Court on Wednesday morning, challenging the notice issued by the Mumbai civic body for ‘illegal construction’ at her bungalow in Pali hill, and sought a stay on the demolition process. “We filed a petition this morning seeking urgent hearing. We have sought a stay on the demolition process by way of interim relief,” Ranaut’s advocate Rizwan Siddiqui told PTI.

How Matters Got Worse

Now at this point, things could have simmered down and gone by procedure, however in a turn of events, a BMC team reached the bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra with a bulldozer and excavators and demolished the alterations made. Kangana Ranaut who wasn’t even in town, was scheduled to arrive in Mumbai later today with level Y security no less, and upon hearing the news alleged that the Maharashtra government targeted her because of her spat with Shiv Sena.

She took to twitter to call out the team that demolished her office as she wrote, “Babur and his army #deathofdemocracy”. She further went on to write, “I am never wrong and my enemies prove again and again that Mumbai is POK now,” reiterating her previous comment that initially sparked a row among the Shiv Sena officials.

Her tweets kept pouring in even as workers at her property starting taking it down brick by brick. Because she is who she is, she even went on to compare her office to a Ram temple. She said, “The first film announced from Manikarnika Films was Ayodhya. For me, this is not just a building, but Ram Mandir. Today, Babur has come there. Today, history will repeat itself again. Ram Mandir will break again, but, remember, Babur, the temple will be built again.”

Present Situation

Following the demolition, she and her lawyer have filed a plea in Bombay High Court against the demolition drive by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at her property. The Bombay High Court asked the BMC to stop the demolition at Kangana Ranaut’s office and asked the civic body to respond to her petition. The matter will now be taken up at 3 pm tomorrow. Meanwhile, Ranaut clarified that there was no illegal construction in her office and that the government had anyway banned any demolitions in COVID till September 30.

But seems like a concern for Covid or the pandemic was the last thing on people’s minds, for the with the way they gathered around Kangana’s arrival at the airport, to her property near Bandra, it was almost as if corona never touched us. The matter however, sparked a social media outrage, as people stood up for Kangana, slamming the BMC and Shiv Sena for intolerance.

She’s not the kind of take this lightly and has gone and said this.

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