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Row on tweet: Shiv Sena activist posted it, says Mumbai mayor | India News


MUMBAI: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said Thursday that a tweet from her Twitter account that had sparked a controversy over the use of objectionable language was posted by a Shiv Sena activist in a “fit of anger.”
Speaking to reporters here, Pednekar, the leader of Shiv Sena, said that while attending a function at the Bandra-Kurla Complex here on Wednesday, his mobile phone was handed over to a party activist who posted the tweet.
However, when he got his phone back, he immediately deleted the tweet, the mayor said.
A dispute broke out on Wednesday when a Twitter user posed a question to the mayor about the status of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) global Covid-19 vaccine supply contract on the social media platform.
“Tuzya Bapala” (to your father), Pednekar replied when the Twitter user asked “Contract konala dila ??” (who was awarded the contract) while commenting on a Marathi news channel tweet about BMC’s global tender on the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Pednekar later deleted the objectionable tweet, but by that time it had gone viral on social media platforms.
On Thursday, he said the Sena activist posted the tweet in a “fit of anger” but deleted it immediately after retrieving his phone and also warned him against such acts.
“I have learned a lesson from this: the mobile phone should not be handed over even to one person, even if it is close to you,” Pednekar said.
After the tweet went viral, opposition parties criticized the mayor for the post.
Pednekar, who served three times in Lower Parel in South Mumbai, was elected the 77th mayor of the city in 2019.
She is also a spokesperson for the Shiv Sena, which governs the Mumbai civic body, which goes to the polls in early 2022, for more than two decades.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Pednekar received praise from citizens for visiting hospitals and care centers without worrying about his life.
Last year, she donned a nurse’s uniform to boost the morale of healthcare workers and others concerned about Covid-19.

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