Mumbai, April 10: A day after Shiv Sena workers protested against writer Shobhaa De for her comments on the Maharashtra government, De had received support from the AAP saying that she can speak her mind.
AAP National Spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said: "Marathi culture needs encouragement. We have a pool of classic Marathi actors, filmmakers, theatres which are not exploited commercially.
Government should support this (Marathi film) industry by giving them incentives such as tax benefit, creating government facilities for their broadcast."
She also added that the Maharashtra government cannot tell private enterprises how to run their business.
Supporting De, Menon said that Sena's move to bring a breach of privilege motion against De in the Legislative Assembly was ridiculous.
We believe people should not be prosecuted for expressing their opinion, she said.
Meanwhile, security was beefed up around De's residence after Sena workers protested against her.
De had earlier tweeted against the Maharashtra government's order for screening Marathi movies during the primetime slot.
She had said that popcorns would probably be replaced with 'dahi misal and vada pav.'
This angered the Shiv Sena who hit out at De saying: "Had Chhatrapati Shivaji, in his time, and Balasaheb Thackeray not done 'dadagiri', then your forefathers and her children would have been born in Pakistan and you would have been attending Page 3 parties in a burqa" [Shiv Sena steps up attack on author Shobhaa De]
(With PTI inputs)