You all must be wondering what is #BabyPenguin and why is it trending all over the social media. The word Baby Penguin has emerged after a Twitter user was booked by Mumbai police for mocking Aditya Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray with his tweet.
“Meet the Muhammad Azam Shah of Maharashtra aka baby Penguin aka @AUThackeray son of Modern day Aurangzeb @OfficeofUT who insults Hindu Dharma in Pandharpur by leaving Pooja Darshana half this same man have faith and time for Dargha Visit & for date with @DishPatani”, Thakkar had tweeted which drew the ire of a Shiv Sena legal consultant who filed a case.
Meet the Muhammad Azam Shah of Maharashtra aka baby Penguin aka @AUThackeray son of Modern day Aurangzeb @OfficeofUT who insults Hindu Dharma in Pandharpur by leaving Pooja Darshana half this same man have faith and time for Dargha Visit & for date with @DishPatani #Shame pic.twitter.com/E99ufmwL9y
— Sameet Thakkar (@thakkar_sameet) July 1, 2020
Thakkar soon received an outpouring of support on social media with many twitter users questioning the lack of freedom of speech in Maharashtra.
Various twitter users then began trending #BabyPenguin as a form of protest and it soon became the number one trending topic in the country as per the website.
— Sameet Thakkar (@thakkar_sameet) July 16, 2020
As per a Free Press Journal report, the complaint was made by a Mumbai resident known Dharmendra Mishra who calls himself the legal head of Yuva Sena and is also a legal consultant for Shiv Sena.
This is the purported tweet which led to a complaint against Thakkar.
It has been speculated that Aditya Thackeray received the nickname “penguin” over Shiv Sena’s decision to force the BMC to import penguins for display at the Byculla Zoo despite strong objection by experts. This was dubbed as a pet project of Uddhav and his son Aditya Thackeray.
Thakkar now in response to the FIR said that, “I have just used strong language which is not unconstitutional in any manner. If my posts were abusive why has Twitter not taken them down? I just used my democratic rights to criticise the government. When VP Road police officers contacted me I told them that I would be able to visit the police station later as the lockdown is in effect and I sent my statement to the commissioner of police and DCP through email”.