Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday backed Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, who was seen in a video reprimanding a man for allegedly throwing garbage on a Mumbai road.
"C'mon, Virat & Anushka need publicity!! They would rather crave for privacy!! Our conduct reflects our mentality. Civic sense is social ethics and ethical behaviour doesn't come with wealth & education. Let's keep India clean," Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home, said on Twitter.
C'mon, Virat & Anushka need publicity!! They would rather crave for privacy!! Our conduct reflects our mentality. Civic sense is social ethics and ethical behaviour doesn't come with wealth & education. Let's keep India clean. #SwachhBharat— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 18, 2018
In the 17 second clip, which was recorded by Sharma's husband and cricketer Virat Kohli, the actor is seen scolding the man in a chauffeur-driven dark sedan for littering the streets. The video, however, did not capture the man in the act.
"Why are you throwing garbage on the road, you cannot just throw plastic on the streets just like that," Sharma is heard as saying in the video shared by Kohli on Twitter.
She then asks the man to use a dustbin, instead of throwing garbage on the streets.
The person, who was admonished by Sharma, went on to criticise the actor for "ranting and yelling" at him "like a crazy roadside person".
Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness. @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/p8flrmcnba— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 16, 2018
The man, who identified himself as Arhhan Singh, shared a post on Facebook, saying though he was"apologetic" for his carelessness, the actor could use some etiquette in her speech.
Singh added the garbage mistakenly went out of the window of his luxury car.
"(It) was way less then the garbage that came out from your mouth... From your luxury car's window... Or the trashy mind Virat Kohli to shoot and post this online... For whatever gains..." he had said.
(With PTI inputs)