Comedy Nights with Kapil star Kapil Sharma faced a Twitter backlash after he shared a tweet by the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Addressing a public meeting in Jhansi on 27 April, Modi had said, "I feel the TV serial of comedian Kapil Sharma will end in a few days. His (Rahul Gandhi) videos can be shown by TV people and all the exertion of the elections will go away. You will not have to go anywhere for entertainment."
Modi then tweeted, "The way Rahul Baba is making statements with a dash of comedy in them, I think the TV show of Kapil Sharma may soon have to shut shop."
Kapil retweeted Modi's tweet and was soon bombarded with abuse by fans on social media. Following this, he deleted the tweet and posted on his Facebook page, "Hello friends.. It hurts when I see you people fighting on a social networking site.. Bad words.. Abusing.. It's really sad.. It's my request to all of you ..Pls dont write such bad words to each other in the name of religion.. No religion teaches us to abuse or to disrespect other religion... Please come out of all these things..We all are human beings..I just shared Mr modi's tweet about the show because u all love this show.. I felt bad and deleted that pic and tweet.. Learn to love each other.. Learn to respect each other.. Let's change this world.. So that humare baad jo generation aye.. Unhe nafrat ka pata hi na ho. God bless this beautiful world.. Keep smiling...Love you all.."
Kapil said in an interview to the Hindustan Times, "I just shared the picture as it was great to see that our senior leaders know about the show (Comedy Nights with Kapil). The post was not political. It was simply for the show."