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Eknath Shinde refuses to comment on Rishi Kapoor’s tweet row


Shiv Sena leader and minister in Maharashtra government Eknath Shinde today refused to be drawn into the controversy stirred by Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, over naming of country’s assets after Nehru-Gandhi family, saying he believed in “work” and not in “names”.

“I dont want to fall in that (controversy). We believe in working rather than giving names (to projects),” Shinde, the public works department (PWD) minister, said asked for his reaction on the row sparked by Kapoor.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, he said the government (in which Shiv Sena is a partner) has taken up various projects for the benefit of the state and it will be its endeavour to complete them at the earliest.

63-year-old Kapoor had raked up a controversy through a series of tweets questioning the naming national of major assets in the country after the Nehru-Gandhi family during the its rule. He had also asked the BJP-led government to consider renaming them after those who have contributed to the society.

“We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? (Why everything in the name of Gandhi?) I dont agree. Sochna log! (Think people!) ,” tweeted the “Kapoor & Sons” star.

“Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress. Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata Link road. Baap ka maal samajh rakha tha,” Kapoor tweeted on Tuesday night.

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