The stand-up gig where Agrima Joshua joked upon the impending Shivaji Maharaj statue on the Arabian Sea has irked the citizens of Maharashtra. The issue has been taking decisive turns in the last few hours.
Maharashtra HM confirms legal action
On Saturday, upon requests from many citizens, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has confirmed that legal action would be taken against comedian Agrima Joshua for her comments on Shivaji Maharaj. Earlier, a Shiv Sena MLA had also demanded the arrest of the comedian.
In the video that was out last year, the comedian said that on Quora, someone had written that the Shivaji Maharaj Statue would ‘power’ all of Maharashtra. She also joked that the statue will kill terrorists who appear on the Arabian Sea.
MNS workers vandalized the studio where the gig was shot, and following this, Agrima issued a statement of apology on her twitter handle. She said that she is deeply regretful of her actions and also confirmed that the video was taken down.
Netizens in ire over the issue
Twitter was yet again left angry and frustrated at the video by Agrima Joshua. Many felt that talking about the legendary figure of Maharashtrian history was not required, and demanded strict action such that similar events do not repeat. Here are a few tweets that were posted in this regard:
This is not at all funny not at all.
Sister #AgrimaJoshua #agrimajoshua
Kindly go and read history how shivaji maharaj treated women of not only his states but of enemies too den you'll b ashamed of yourself
Pls tak action against such #morons @AUThackeray @CMOMaharashtra https://t.co/7qTZ11a35R
— DocStar (@akshaydpacharne) July 10, 2020
Things changed pretty quickly? 😂 pic.twitter.com/IzrkeBkdDK
— Liberal Slayerr (@liberal_slayerr) July 11, 2020
Stand up comedian #AgrimaJoshua insults Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the name of shit jokes..and yesterday MNS destroyed their studio,asked for apology..These stand up comedians are jokers ,their comedy cant be completed without insulting Hindus..Good job MNS. #RajThackeray pic.twitter.com/d1UJoLFths
— And (@Andfornation) July 11, 2020
Requested to the police to take cognizance of the same and initiate the appropriate action according to the procedure established by Law! pic.twitter.com/5yk655HEyW
— Swara/zafura/sharjil/Rana Ke Abbuu (@jay100rocks) July 10, 2020
A great national hero and a warrior who always stood up for the integrity of the women irrespective of their religion and caste is being disrespected by a loser infront of few over educated morons. #shameonyou #AgrimaJoshua @CMOMaharashtra @AUThackeray please take strict action. pic.twitter.com/HhV2gYySDd
— Deep (@Deep_Bopardikar) July 10, 2020
— AMOL GAYAKE (@GayakeAmol) July 10, 2020
— Aditya Wanzal (@AWanzal) July 10, 2020
#AgrimaJoshua The woman who disrespect chatrapati shivaji maharaj who gave her and all womans freedom and protection in our #स्त्रीनचेराज्य but the womans like her is so idiout,nonsence that they dont know the real maharaj @CMOMaharashtra @RajThackeray @MumbaiPolice @abpmajhatv pic.twitter.com/Cj8gnh71W5
— Prithviraj Bhutekar Patil (@MavlaPrithviraj) July 11, 2020
I request @CMOMaharashtra @OfficeofUT to take strict action against @Agrimonious.@rthakrey @ThePlacardGuy @AUThackeray @AjitPawarSpeaks @PawarSpeaks @RohitPawarSpeak #AgrimaJoshua pic.twitter.com/DCCxjhjalL
— Utkarsh Shardul (@UtkarshShardul) July 10, 2020
he said wrong words about The Great king Chhatrapati shivaji maharaj….Arrest this lady and ban about him their all speeches@CMOMaharashtra ……She Doesn't know now he can talk in front of all people Because Of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj..
— Deepak Borade (@DeepakBorade11) July 11, 2020
This @AgrimaJoshua #AgrimaJoshua
Immediate action against an incompetent girl named
Freedom of speech
Such is the mockery of great men under the name of
Will continue @MumbaiPolice. @CMOMaharashtra. #standupcomedy's public protest !!!
— Rohan Thorat (@RohanTh82916958) July 11, 2020
Source: Free Press Journal