Shiv Sena is fuming over a stand-up comedian after she joked about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. An old video of Agrima Joshua is surfacing online in which she is heard making a joke about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s upcoming statue in the Arabian sea, referring to what is read about it on a question and answers website, Quora.
The video has also prompted Sena’s Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik to demand her arrest.
“Some comedian named Agrima Joshua has made contemptuous comments against Shivaji Maharaj while presenting her comedy. I saw the video and I feel she doesn’t have respect for Shivaji Maharaj or she doesn’t know about him. I have also written to Home Minister demanding her arrest,” Sarnaik said.
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा अवमान करणाऱ्या मुजोर कॉमेडियन अग्रीमा जोशुआला ताबडतोब अटक करण्यासंदर्भात मी गृहमंत्री मा. श्री. @AnilDeshmukhNCP यांना पत्र लिहिले आहे. आपण या विषयांची अत्यंत गंभीर दखल घेऊन असल्या विकृत कॉमेडियन ला अटक करून कडक कायदेशीर कारवाई करावी अशी माझी मागणी आहे. pic.twitter.com/AGuzgYpmtR
— Pratap Sarnaik (@PratapSarnaik) July 10, 2020
Several people took to social media to share the video, saying it has hurt their sentiments and demanded strict action against her.
Yes, we know everyone has the right to freedom of speech,opinion and expression but does this mean that you can disrespect the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the name of comedy.
This is just unacceptable. #AgrimaJoshua
— Arya Khurasane (@AryaKhurasane) July 10, 2020
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is our god how dare these people make jokes on our god.These videos must be deleted immediately and strict legal action should be taken against Agrima joshua and Sourav Ghosh.@YuvrajSambhaji @AnilDeshmukhNCP @CMOMaharashtra
— Chinmay Patil (@chinmay599) July 10, 2020
— Ashwaghosh (@ashwaghosh_1011) July 11, 2020
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is our god how dare these people make jokes on our god.Strict legal action should be taken against Agrima joshua and Sourav Ghosh to set an example so nobody will dare to do this kind of things.@RajThackeray @CMOMaharashtra @MumbaiPolice @OfficeofUT
— Sanket Vyavahare (@SanketVyavahar4) July 11, 2020
On Friday, Joshua apologized for hurting the sentiments of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s followers and said the video has been taken down.
I am sorry for having hurt the sentiments of the many followers of the great leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. My heartfelt apologies to followers of the great leader, who I sincerely respect. The video has already been taken down. Please amplify.
— Agrima Joshua 🇮🇳 (@Agrimonious) July 10, 2020