Actor Sonu Sood, who has been praised on social media for arranging transport for stranded migrants, called on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his Mumbai residence "Matoshree". The meeting came on a day when Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged that the actor's generosity was part of a BJP ploy to show the state government in poor light.
"This evening Sonu Sood met up with CM Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray ji along with Minister Aslam Shaikh and me. Better together, stronger together to assist as many people through as many people. Good to have met a good soul to work for the people together," Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.
This evening @SonuSood met up with @CMOMaharashtra Uddhav Thackeray ji along with Minister @AslamShaikh_MLA ji and me. Better Together, Stronger Together to assist as many people through as many people. Good to have met a good soul to work for the people together. pic.twitter.com/NrSPJnoTQ6— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) June 7, 2020
Mr Sood, after meeting Mr Thackeray, downplayed Mr Raut's sharp criticism and said every party across the country has been supporting him.
"They are also supporting it and it's not about any particular party or anything... we have to support all the people who are suffering... every party from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari has supported me...," he said, denying any misunderstanding with the state government.
Mr Raut, in his weekly column in the party's mouthpiece Saamna, had written that Mr Sood would promote any party if paid well.
"Sood is an actor whose profession is to deliver dialogues scripted by someone else and make a living out of it. There are many people like Sood who would promote any political party if paid well," he said.
Strongly defending the state government, which also comprises the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, over its handling of the migrant crisis, Mr Raut said, "No other state could have treated migrant workers the way they have been taken care of by the Maharashtra government."
As the actor reached Mr Thackeray's residence, the Sena MP tweeted a snide remark.
"In the end, Sonu Sood has found the address of Maharashtra's Chief Minister. He Has reached Matoshree. Jai Maharashtra," he tweeted in Marathi.
Mr Sood has arranged transport for hundreds of migrants in the last two months. He also helps those who approach him on Twitter.
My journey with my migrant brothers & sisters has been the most special one. It's straight from the heart.Right from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari whenever anyone tried to reach me, I've put all my efforts to help them reunite with their families & will continue to do so.— sonu sood (@SonuSood) June 7, 2020
"My journey with my migrant brothers and sisters has been the most special one. It's straight from the heart. Right from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari whenever anyone tried to reach me, I've put all my efforts to help them reunite with their families and will continue to do so," he tweeted