The BJP Corporator Anand Manjrekar (centre in blue shirt) celebrating his birthday in Mira Road, when a few metres away, people were mourning the sacrifice of Major Kaustubh Rane at his residence
MUMBAI : A video surfaced on social media on Wednesday which showed Anand Manjrekar, BJP Corporator from Ward 17(A) celebrating his birthday in a big bash held in the Jangid Estate Municipal Ground on Tuesday evening, when news was confirmed about the martyrdom of Major Kaustubh Rane who sacrificed his life on Tuesday while fighting infiltrators at Gurez Sector in Kashmir alongwith the Line of Control (LOC). The BJP has been left red faced about the incident, even as Narendra Mehta,BJP MLA said it was a mistake and apologised, but the event was pre-planned.
Manjrekar incidentally celebrated his birthday at the ground which is located near the martyr's residence in Sheetal Nagar. Huge banners were put up all over the town and in particular in Manjrekar's ward for the birthday, and a stage was erected on which the cake was cut. A stream of BJP workers attended the function to wish Manjrekar, and some danced to the tunes of a DJ hired for the function. Manjrekar when contacted said he was "unaware about the national tragedy and came to know only after the event was over," while Narendra Mehta said the function should not have been organised in the first place and tendered an apology but added that the birthday bash was preplanned. However, the BJP has been left embarrassed as on the banners, the image of Prime Minister Modi was splashed all over the twin cities of Mira and Bhayander.