Why was Kangana Ranaut banned from Twitter?

Why was Kangana Ranaut banned from Twitter?

  • Updated: 4 May 2021, 17:37

KANGANA Ranaut has been "permanently suspended" from Twitter for violating the social media's "Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy".

As deadly protests have been taking place in Bengal after the May 2021 election, Ranaut's tweets were cited as inciting violence.

2Kangana Ranaut has been featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list six times.Credit: Getty
Why was Kangana Ranaut banned from Twitter?

The Bollywood actress is not shy about her avid support of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Monday, May 3, 2021, she posted a tweet inciting violence, pushing for Modi to utilize gangster tactics to “tame” West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In her Twitter rant, Ranaut described Banerjee as an “unleashed monster” and urged Modi to “tame her”.

Over the weekend, Banerjee's regional party won over Modi’s Hindu nationalist party retaining control of the state government.

Banerjee’s party has been accused of violent attacks on its defeated opponents following the elections.

Referencing the 2002 Gujarat riots that occurred during Modi's time as the state chief minister Ranuat tweeted, “We need super gundai (hooliganism in Hindi) to kill gundai… Modi ji (a honorific) please show your Virat roop (larger-than-life form) from the early 2000s.”

2Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel’s Twitter account was also suspended.Credit: Reuters
What has Kangana Ranaut said about the ban?

Ranaut released a statement addressing her ban from Twitter saying, “Twitter has only proved my point. They are Americans, and by birth a white person feels entitled to enslave a brown person.”

“They want to tell you what to think, speak or do, fortunately I have many platforms I can use to raise my voice, including my own art in the form of cinema but my heart goes out to the people of this nation who have been tortured, enslaved and censored for thousands of years and still their is no end to the suffering.”

She also posted a video on Instagram captioned, “Distressed, beyond words, death of democracy. important message for our government  #BengalBurning #BengalViolence."

In the video she commented on the reported violence that took place in West Bengal after the assembly election results were announced.

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What is happening in Bengal?

Within the first 24 hours of the election results, 12 people were killed in post-poll violence.

Banerjee has called for calm as both the regional (TCM) and nationalist (BJP) parties blame each other for the violence.

The BJP will hold a day-long protest across the country on Tuesday, the day Banerjee is sworn in as Chief Minister for the third time.

The protest will be lead by BJP president JP Nadda.

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