PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee dance spoof videos trigger controversy

PM Modi shared a video on his social media platform, showcasing him walking and dancing on stage, in response to a similar meme involving Mamata Banerjee. 

A wave of controversy has been stirred by spoof videos featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, both superimposed onto popular dance clips.

PM Modi shared a video on his social media platform, showcasing him walking and dancing on stage, in response to a similar meme involving Mamata Banerjee.

However, the meme featuring Mamata Banerjee led to a starkly different reaction from the Kolkata Police. Two users who shared a spoof video of the Chief Minister received legal notices from the Cyber Crime division, demanding their personal details under the threat of legal action. Despite the subsequent removal of the notices, the incident sparked widespread criticism, with many questioning the police’s perceived overreaction and disproportionate response to the online content.

Amit Malviya, the BJP’s IT cell chief, criticized the Kolkata Police’s actions, suggesting that they should focus on more pressing issues rather than regulating memes. Similarly, BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut expressed disapproval of Banerjee’s response, urging her to relax and not take such actions against creators of the video. The incident has ignited a debate on freedom of expression and the role of law enforcement in managing online content, highlighting the fine line between humour and regulation in the digital age.