Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been hailed for sending migrant workers and labourers back to their homes amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country. But, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday hit out at Sonu Sood for helping migrants.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told media, “Sonu Sood is a good actor. There is a different director for movies, the work he has done is good but there is a possibility that there is a political director behind it.”
In his Saamna Editorial, Sanjay Raut said that a new “Mahatma” named Sonu Sood has come all of a sudden and will likely become the celebrity manager of Mumbai. The Shiv Sena leader in the editorial wrote: “It is being said that Sonu Sood transported millions of migrant laborers to his home in other states and the Governor of Maharashtra has also praised “Mahatma Sood” for his work.”
Sanjay Raut said this suggests that nothing is being done by the state governments and the Central government. Raut also questioned where the Bollywood actor is getting these buses during the lockdown. The Shiv Sena leader while further attacking Sonu Sood said that the Bollywood actor “may soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and become the celebrity manager of Mumbai.”
On 31 May, Sonu Sood met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan and discussed the initiatives taken by the actor to help the migrant people to reach their home states.
Notably, Sonu Sood grabbed everyone’s attention for transporting migrant workers to far off states such as Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh during lockdown. The actor has also launched a toll-free helpline to help migrants reach their homes.
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However, Shiv Sena’s Maha Vikas Aghadi ally Congress has defended Sonu Sood for his work during the coronavirus-forced lockdown.
Responding to Sanjay Raut’s scathing attack on the Bollywood actor, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi took to his official Twitter handle and said, “Why slam Sonu Sood if he is genuinely helping? If private citizen comes forward to help citizens, they should we welcomed & encouraged as it fills a gap. States with best intentions may be unable to do all.”