Shobhaa De Has Been Asked To Apologise For Tweeting Against Maharashtra Govt's Latest Order

08/04/2015 5:58 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian writer and columnist Shobhaa De poses with newly-launched 'Cocktail Sarees' she designed during a press conference at Mebaz show room in Hyderabad, 21 November 2007. Shobhaa De unveiled her latest range of cocktail sarees. AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

As we reported on Tuesday, a lot of people had a lot of opinions about the Maharashtra government's order to multiplexes — that they should screen at least one Marathi film during the 'prime-time' slots between 6 pm and 9 pm everyday.

However, in a strange and worrying move, Shobhaa De has somehow been singled out for her reaction to the move. On Wednesday, it was reported by IBNLive that a Shiv Sena MLA has filed a privilege motion against the well-known columnist/author for her tweets, demanding an apology from her.

On Tuesday, like many people on Twitter, De had tweeted the following, criticising the Devendra-Fadnavis-led government's decision.

Upon learning of the reaction, De reacted incredulously.

Meanwhile, the BJP-led government has continued to defend its decision, with the party's national spokesperson GVL Rao being quoted as saying, "It is the duty of Maharashtra government to encourage Marathi culture, a valid move to protect and thrive (sic) its language."

While the intention is noble, it does seem that the way in which this diktat is being enforced isn't exactly kosher.

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