Kiren Rijiju defends Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli in littering controversy: Civic sense doesn't come with wealth

FP Staff

Jun 19, 2018 11:35:18 IST

Following the recent viral video posted by cricketer Virat Kohli on Twitter, where actor Anushka Sharma is reprimanding a man littering the road, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has also spoken in the couple's support.

 The man, identified as Arrhan Singh, justified his actions on Facebook and also lashed back at Sharma and Kohli, saying that the actor was "ranting and yelling" at him "like a crazy roadside person." He said that the garbage had mistakenly gone out of his car. His mother, identified as Gittanjali Elizabeth, also shared her concern on Instagram about her son's safety after the video went viral on the internet. They had called this move by the couple a cheap publicity stunt.

@anushkasharma @virat.kohli The last thing we would want is to get publicity out of your cheap STUNT in the name of CLEANLINESS! You both posted a video for your fans n followers by VIOLATING Basic Rights to privacy &you shamed my son in the video as well in your post content you both may be who you are in your fields, with millions of followers & all the PR backing you... you may be payed for your campaigning or maybe doing it for sheer publicity As a mother,I would like to state that you have not only shamed my son @arhhansingh on social media by not blurring his face, but youve also exposed him to unwanted hostility.... and danger from fanatics for such a small thing that you claim he has done but have no proof of anyways ? I am concerned about my sons SAFTEY !!! how dare you crush somebody’s image/and morale and reputation and expose him to public hate, a boy who is on the verge of starting his ventures, ..just to prove what good citizens you both are to increase your fan following ?How dare you?? If you both really cared or bothered about cleanliness , then you would actively do something about all the garbage in your own lane.. you would make a noise and use your VOICE to urge the municipal authorities to take action atleast in the lane where you live,to start with, which you haven’t . Posting videos of fake bravado just to fool your followers. If your intention was genuine then you would pull over and politely correct the person for littering IF THEY DID in a decent and real manner... and not by displaying such a rude and arrogant attitude, and then posting it for the world to see! You have caused a lot of grief with your post & this is morally and humanitarianly very wrong. You may be #AnushkaSharma or #viraatkohli in your house or on screen & the field...but on the streets you are just a citizen trying to correct another... DO IT WITH KINDNESS ....fear karma . And just FYI , he did not react badly, not coz of who you both are.. we couldnt care less,but only because he has a decent upbringing ! Unlike people like you, who seem to think that you are the empowered ones to talk and treat people as you wish ! A post shared by Gittanjali (@gittanjali.elizabeth) on

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2018 11:54:47 IST