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Minister Rijiju backs Virat, Anushka in viral video controversy, says ‘keep India clean’

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 18-06-2018

Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday supported cricket Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma for the couple’s viral video in which the Bollywood actress is seen scolding a man for littering on the road.

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“ 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,” said Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs, on Twitter.

In a video posted recently by Virat Kohli on Twitter, Anushka Sharma is seen pulling up a man, who identified himself as Arhhan Singh, for littering plastic on the road.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma standing in front of a crowd © Provided by Hindustan Times

In the 17-second-long clip, Sharma is seen berating Singh, sitting in a chauffeur-driven sedan, for throwing plastic on the street.

Virat shared the video of the incident and posted it on Twitter, saying, “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.”

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In an Instagram post, Singh hit back at the actress for “ranting and yelling like a crazy roadside person.”

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His mother, Gittanjali Elizabeth, also wrote on Instagram, saying she was concerned for her son’s safety after the video was shared on social media. Elizabeth called the move a “cheap stunt in the name of cleanliness!”

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