Sonu Sood on 7 June reached Matoshree and paid a visit to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray — Hours after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut launched a stinging attack at the Bollywood actor, questioning the real reason behind his COVID-19 relief work.
Aaditya Thackeray confirmed the meeting indeed took place. He wrote on Twitter:
Sonu Sood has been helping stranded migrant workers across the nation reach their home states. After sending 177 migrant workers stuck in Kerala to Orissa, the actor funded another charter flight to fly over 170 migrant workers to Dehradun in Uttrakhand from Mumbai.
Describing his social work, the Bollywood actor in a statement said, “As another charter flight takes flight today, our efforts to help migrant workers stranded in various parts of the country have only grown stronger. Most of them have never had the opportunity to experience air travel, and the smiles on their faces bring me a lot of joy as they take this AirAsia India flight to reach home to their families and friends.”
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut questioned his efforts two days ago, alleging that the actor was working at the behest of BJP.
However, on 7 June, Sonu Sood met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray at Matoshree. The actor is said to have apprised the chief minister of his work.
The Bollywood actor tried to quell the rumours, reaffirming his willingness to keep helping the needy after meeting with the Thackerays.
“We have to support all the people who are suffering and need us. I will continue until the last migrant has reached his own home. Every party from Kashmir to Kanyakumari has supported and I want to thank everyone for that,” said Sonu Sood after the meeting.
Soon after the meeting, Raut tweeted, “Sonu Sood finally seems to have located the address of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister.”
The attempt to give Sonu Sood’s work a political angle has been condemned by many of his fans on social media. However, none of this has affected the actor’s efforts to help migrant workers.