AP leader Preeti Sharma Menon, in a letter to Sachin Tendulkar, urged the cricket icon to tweet in support of the farmers as appealed by a young man who reportedly protested outside the former India captains residence in Mumbai.
In her letter to Sachin Tendulkar, Preeti Sharma Menon on Monday said the man, Ranjeet Bagal, came all the way from Pandharpur in Solapur district, around 400km from Mumbai, to request the cricket legend to put out at least one tweet in support of the farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agriculture laws near Delhi for more than two months now.
“You are India’s pride. This nation of 1.3 billion people has prayed for you, wept for you and rejoiced in your success. In this country where Cricket is a religion, you are God for us. I am certain, as our Bharat Ratna and a Member Of Parliament your heart must want to bat for all multitudinous hued people of this country who have worshipped you,” Preeti Sharma Menon said in the letter to Tendulkar.
“So I, a humble citizen, request you to heed the appeal of Ranjeet Bagel, a farmers son, who travelled all the way from Solapur to your door. He came from Pandharpur, the “DevNagri” where all us Maharashtrians go for a pilgrimage, on a pilgrimage to Bandra, Mumbai where his God Sachin Tendulkar resides with a simple prayer – a tweet in support of our ‘Anndaatas”, the farmers who are protesting against the Farm Laws that will rob them ff their livelihood,” she added.
“In return for your tweet, once again countless Indians will shower you with love and blessings. I entreat you to please heed his prayer and just Tweet,” Preeti Sharma Menon stated in the letter.
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) February 8, 2021
Preeti Sharma Menon has endorsed Ranjeet’s request and has written an open letter to Sachin Tendulkar, imploring him to tweet in favour of our farmers who are protesting, a statement from the AAP said.
In a photo shared by the AAP, Ranjeet Bagal can be seen holding in his hands a poster which questions Tendulkar when he will tweet in support of farmers. The poster also bears the name of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmer organisation led by former MP Raju Shetti.
Several celebrities, including Tendulkar, and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, recently rallied around the central government on social media using hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda following tweets by American pop singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg who had backed the agitating farmers.
Source: India Today