Attack a famous entity and enjoy your 30 seconds of fame seems to be one of the most popular tactics of people nowadays. How else would you justify the angry Dalits who, from different parts of the state, marched on Thursday morning to the "Bigg Boss" home demanding eviction of one of its inmates, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi!
About 5,000 marchers, led by Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athavale, have gathered from Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and other parts, party spokesperson Mayur Borkar said.
"Last week, Athavale had raised objections to Colors TV channel including Trivedi in its reality show, 'Bigg Boss', as he had committed insults to various symbols of India and belittled the constitution. He had given one week's time to the TV channel to evict him or face action," he informed.
Since the channel did not evict him, the RPI led a march on Thursday to enforce his eviction from the "Bigg Boss" house, being shot Lonavala, almost 100 km from Mumbai.
Borkar said Trivedi had been unheard of till he targeted various national symbols like the tricolour, the Ashok Chakra, parliament and the constitution.
"While the Maharashtra government may have let him off, he is still unanswerable to us as he has denigrated the constitution of India, penned by the great Dalit leader, Babasaheb Ambedkar," the official said.
For the uninitiated, two months ago, Aseem hogged the limelight after the Maharashtra government slapped sedition charges on him for sketching obscene cartoons belittling Indian constitution and other symbols, during last year's Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption crusade in Mumbai.
Trivedi was put behind bars, but following a public objection, he was released. The sedition charges against him were quietly dropped.
With RPI in the news for this eviction march, we wonder if they are already content or do they plan to pursue his eviction and gather more headlines!