Widely regarded as India’s first female superstar, legendary actress Sridevi, 54, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Dubai. Sridevi had gone to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor after which some of the family members had returned whereas Sridevi and Boney stayed back.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear about the sudden and untimely death of one of India’s favourite actress, Sridevi.
Sridevi was an incredibly talented and versatile actress whose vast body of work spanned a range of genres and languages.
My condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 25, 2018
But it was a tweet from the official handle of The Indian National Congress (INC) that came under heavy criticism on the website. Sridevi, who was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award by the then President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2013 somehow found a mention in INC’s mournful tweet.
Upset over making the star’s death “political”, several Twitter users took to the site to express their anger.
Was that 'by the UPA Govt' really necessary INC, in a condolence message? 🙁 pic.twitter.com/BkgrYEKYCh
— Karthik (@beastoftraal) February 25, 2018
Also mention, she was born when Nehru was the prime-minister.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 25, 2018
I would not be surprised if they extend… she was alive when indira and rajiv were prime ministers but died in modi govt. Shameful.
— Shaifali Malukani (@sp_malukani) February 25, 2018
"She Was Awarded The Padma Shri By The UPA Govt In 2013". Are You Serious? Is That Line Even Necessary To Pay Tribute To A Legendary Actress? Please Stop Politicising The Death. You Guys Are Disgrace To Humanity. Shame On You Congress. #Sridevi #RIPSridevihttps://t.co/gdPHFEIWE4
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 25, 2018
The last sentence is needless. Please delete it
— rasheed kidwai (@rasheedkidwai) February 25, 2018
You could have also mentioned that she was born when Congress Govt was in power and died when BJP govt is in power
— Amit Saha (@saha_amit) February 25, 2018
Following the social media outrage, the party has taken down the tweet and issued a fresh one.
We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work.
Our deepest condolences to her loved ones. pic.twitter.com/RPagwsnX9h
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 25, 2018
Politics till you die!