RJ vs Sena battle goes political

Pandurang Mhaske
Thursday, 20 July 2017

This became a political issue with the BJP and Raj Thackeray’s MNS coming out in support of Malishka and people supporting her on social media. This was alleged to be a vindictive action by the BMC.

MUMBAI: The ongoing battle between Mumbai Radio Jockey Malishka and the Shiv Sena, which controls the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), went political after Malishka’s home was targeted by municipal inspectors who alleged that dengue mosquitoes were breeding there. This became a political issue with the BJP and Raj Thackeray’s MNS coming out in support of Malishka and people supporting her on social media. This was alleged to be a vindictive action by the BMC.

The BMC issued a notice to the RJ over mosquito breeding spotted in her house. Earlier, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray wanted the BMC chief to file a Rs 500 crore defamation suit against Malishka over her musical parody which went viral on the Internet. The civic body issued a notice under Section 218 of BMC Act to Lily Mendonse, Malishka’s mother and owner of the house where they reside. It is said this is an vengeful act by the Shiv Sena over the parody song, while BMC officials denied it, claiming it’s a routine procedure.

Malishka stays on the sixth floor in Sun Rise apartment at Pali Naka in Bandra with her mother.  The BMC’s pesticide department visits various houses to find the mosquito breeding spots and for fumigation. According to the civic body, the BMC employees visited her house on Monday, where they found mosquitoes breeding in clay bowls kept under a pot as well as in plants’ pots.

BMC’s Pesticide Officer Dr Naringrekar said it is routine work. “The BMC ward office does routine inspections at individual houses to find out larvae breeding spots and destroys them,” he said.

Immediately after the video of the parody song went viral on the Internet, Yuva Sena leaders and the corporators Amey Ghole and Samadhan Sarwankar had urged the municipal commissioner to file a defamation suit against  Malishka and the private FM channel.

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