Relief for Shobhaa De: SC stays Maha Assembly's privilege motion notice over Marathi film row

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New Delhi, April 28: The Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a notice of privilege motion moved against author and columnist Shobhaa De by the Maharashtra Assembly over her tweets against Maharashtra Government's decision of screening Marathi movies on the prime time in cineplexes in the state.

The notice was issued after Shiv Sena demanded a privilege motion against her and an apology for her tweets.

Marathi film row: SC stays notice to Shobhaa De by Maha Assembly .
The BJP-Shiv Sena Government has decided to make it mandatory for multiplexes across the state to screen Marathi films during the prime time slot between 6 PM and 9 PM.

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Reacting to this, De had tweetd, "Devendra 'Diktatwala' Fadnavis is at it again!!!From beef to movies. This is not the Maharashtra we all love! Nako!Nako! Yeh sab roko!"

"I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri," she further said. 

"No more pop corn at multiplexes in Mumbai? Dahi misal and vada pav only. To go better with the Marathi movies at prime time,"she added. 

Shiv Sena took objection to the columnist Shobha De's tweet and sought to move a breach of privilege motion against her.

De, reacting to the development, expressed amusement and asserted that she was a "proud Maharashtrian" and a lover of Marathi films.

Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, raising point of propriety in the Assembly, said De had hurt the sentiments of the house.

Sarnaik said that in her tweet, De remarked that popcorns will now be replaced by (Marathi delicacies) 'dahi misal' and 'vada pav' in multiplexes.

The House had whole-heartedly welcomed the culture minister Vinod Tawde's announcement that screening of Marathi films would be made mandatory in the prime time, he said, and sought to move a breach of privilege motion against De.

An unfazed De reacted to the move by tweeting, "Now a privilege motion demanding an apology from me? Come on! I am a proud Maharashtrian and love Marathi films. Always have. Always will!"

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

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