Veteran actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal alleged today that he was ‘coerced into deleting a controversial tweet’, that was targeted at author Arundhati Roy by Twitter. He strongly defended his tweet, that was criticized by many. Singer Abhijeet’s Twitter account was also suspended over his offensive posts, especially those targeting women. Following that, Sonu Nigam also announced his decision to quit Twitter.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, Rawal said, “With this letter, I inform to all my supporters and citizens of this country that I am being coerced to delete something I tweeted on May 21, or else Twitter would block my account.”
He also declared, “I Paresh Rawal, citizen of India, continue to defend my tweet and support my expression which was made without any prejudice to gender, race, religion or caste. More importantly, I maintain that I ardently love my country and support my country unwaveringly, I stand by and will continue to stand by the citizens and Indian armed forces under any situation and at any cost.”
In his controversial tweet on Sunday, Rawal had commented that Roy should be tied to an army jeep, instead of a stone pelter, and be used as a ‘human shield’. It was in reference to the last month incident of the army in Kashmir, strapping a protester to its vehicle as a “human shield” against stone-throwers.
In response to a comment, he also said, “We have a wide variety of choices.”
His tweet had generated much outrage among the people.