MUMBAI: AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon has written a letter to cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar asking him to tweet in favour of protesting farmers as demanded by a young man who reportedly protested outside the former India captains residence here on Monday.
Sharma Menon said the man, Ranjeet Bagal, came all the way from Pandharpur in Solapur district, around 400km from Mumbai, to request Tendulkar 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.
In a photo shared by the AAP, Bagal can be seen holding in his hands a poster which questions Tendulkar when he will tweet in support of farmers.
आम आदमी पार्टी च्या राष्ट्रीय नेत्या प्रीति शर्मा मेनन यांनी सचिन तेंडुलकर यांना पत्र लिहून शेतकऱ्यांच्या समर्थनार्थ ट्वीट करण्याची विनंती केली आहे.#म@AAPMaharashtra @PreetiSMenon #Farmers#KisanAndolan pic.twitter.com/RmqhmvkNeb— Dhananjay RamKrishna Shinde (@Dhananjay4AAP) February 8, 2021
The poster also bears the name of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmer organisation led by former MP Raju Shetti.
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.
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.