On Saturday evening, action hero Akshay Kumar gave a warm welcome on Twitter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) debut. He urged his fans to post their “suggestions and grievances” to the recently launched civic body. While everything he said was with good intentions, his post did not sit too well with social media users, who criticised him for being hypocritical. What was the reason? Because the ‘Padman’ star holds a Canadian passport! This irked many who raised eyebrows at the Bollywood star, who did not vote in April for the fourth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls either.
The BMC is now on twitter as @mybmc, you can now tweet your suggestions/ grievances to BMC directly and get them addressed.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 6, 2019
Try it now to make your voice heard directly.
“The BMC is now on twitter as @mybmc, you can now tweet your suggestions/ grievances to BMC directly and get them addressed. Try it now to make your voice heard directly,” read Akshay’s tweet. While he encountered severe backlash on the micro-blogging site, he took it in his stride. The 51-year-old actor mentioned that he has never shied away from admitting to his Canadian citizenship.
Many users called his tweet ironic too. From being abusive to mentioning his Canadian nationality, Twitterati could not help but bash Akshay. “Toothpaste mein desh ki mitti hai, handwash mein desh ki suraksha hai, saabun mein deshbhakti ka jhaag hai, lekin passport mein desh ki naagrikta nahi hai. Ye kaisa deshprem hai. Canadian,” one user wrote. Akshay previously stated that he doesn’t understand the “unwarranted interest and negativity” about his citizenship as he works in India and pays his taxes in the country. “While all these years, I have never needed to prove my love for India to anyone, I find it disappointing that my citizenship issue is constantly dragged into needless controversy, a matter that is personal, legal, non-political, and of no consequence to others,” he said earlier. Akshay added that his recent tweet was to spread awareness about the issues that plague his home country and had no other meaning to it!