Abhijeet, a popular singer of Hindi film songs and a nationalist. In the recent past he courted controversy with his comments and Twitter posts on issues of political importance.
On Tuesday, Twitter suspended his account over a tweet targeting JNU’s anti nationals, particularly JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, following which Twitter took the action.
“We are not only singers… We are the voice of our nation and come out openly against anti-nationals. So, Twitter is trying to shut our voice,” he declared.
Abhijeet had retweeted a post by Rashid in which she claimed that BJP is running a sex racket, and posted some highly offensive comments at her.
Abhijeet told IANS: “All Arundhati and JNU group (are) behind this (suspension and deletion), after Paresh Rawal and me tweeted against Arundhati for her anti-India stand.”
Veteran actor and BJP parliamentarian Paresh Rawal has also attracted a lot of flak on Twitter for saying the Indian Army should “tie” author-activist Arundhati Roy to an army jeep instead of tying a “stone pelter”.
Rawal’s tweet came following Pakistani media reports that Roy had said that the “Indian aggression in Kashmir was shameful” and that New Delhi’s “oppression cannot subdue the Kashmiri struggle”.
The singer said social media is not a platform to practise “freedom of speech” as there is too much trolling and ranting.
Defending both Abhijeet and Paresh, singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday quit the platform accusing Twitter of being a “one sided sham”.
Sonu, who was earlier in the news for demanding a ban on loudspeakers during azaan, urged all “logical and sensible patriots” to quit Twitter.
Appreciating his support, Abhijeet said: “Sonu Nigam is the only daring person from our fraternity who raised this issue along with me.”
On a personal note, Abhijeet announced that it was his wedding anniversary.
“I am enjoying my concerts and holiday. Today is my wedding anniversary… A big party in Interlaken.”
The singer said he is on a concert tour and a vacation.
With the inputs from India Today