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Diljit, Kangana in Twitter spat

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New Delhi, December 3

Actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut were embroiled in a bitter war of words over the farmers’ protest on Thursday, a Twitter spat that began with Shaheen Bagh protester Bilkis Bano but soon spilled over to name calling, Punjabi identity, the Delhi riots and even some muscle flexing.

Diljit is a celebrity singer-actor from Punjab and Kangana is a Bollywood star known for her combative comments. They began bickering on the social media platform on Wednesday evening and continued till well into Thursday.

Earlier this week, Kangana misidentified a woman farmer from Punjab as Bilkis Bano, the octogenarian who made international headlines during the anti-CAA protests earlier this year in the Delhi neighbourhood of Shaheen Bagh. She shared a tweet alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the national capital.

She retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

When Twitter users pointed out that both the women were different, she reportedly deleted her tweet. The floodgates opened after that.

Diljit shared a BBC interview of the woman whom Kangana had wrongly identified as Bilkis Bano and tweeted on Wednesday that her name is Mohinder Kaur.

“Listen to this with proof, Kangana. One shouldn’t be so blind... You are saying just about anything,” the actor said in Romanised Punjabi.

As the protest by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, gathered momentum, he found support from fellow Punjabi star singers Ranjit Bawa and Himanshi Khurana. In the vitriolic exchange that followed, Kangana called Diljit names and asked if he wasn’t ashamed of defending somebody who “instigated” the Delhi riots earlier this year. She also said her comments were directed towards Bilkis Bano and not Mohinder Kaur.

Diljit retorted. “These people aren’t from Bollywood, they are from Punjab. You know how to lie and instigate people by playing with their emotions,” he added. And it went on. Singer Ranjit Bawa waded in with his view and said, “We all love him. Sardars aren’t anyone’s slaves. We have come up on our own.” — PTI

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