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RJ Malishka V/s BMC: That's how the cookie crumbled!
Mumbai's popular voice on radio, RJ Malishka Mendonsa, was recently asked to pay Rs 10,000 as fine by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), after she released a music video for a noted FM radio channel mocking the authority and pointing out loopholes in its preparedness for this monsoon, according to news channel CNN-News18.

Earlier, the BMC had also issued a notice to Malishka's mother Lily Mendosa under section 381 B of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, after finding dengue mosquito larvae at her Bandra home.

BMC officials, however, said that the notice was part of a routine exercise. "We have surveyed more than 60 lakh houses in the past six months. How will we know it was Malishka's residence?," said a civic official.

In the meanwhile, leaders of Yuva Sena, which is the youth wing of Shiv Sena, have also demanded a Rs 500 crore lawsuit against the RJ for defaming the authority over civic issues.

The video titled, 'Mumbai tula BMC var bharosa nahi ka' (Mumbai, don't you trust BMC?) was released by her, on which the Shiv Sena's youth wing reacted sharply by urging BMC to take legal action against her for defaming the civic body.

In her video, Malishka raised various civic issues which are generally faced by commoners in Mumbai especially with the onset of monsoon. The common civic issues raised by her were poor condition of roads, long traffic jams and unsystematic local train schedule among others.

Hitting out at the Shiv Sena in her own cheeky way, she tweeted that she is ready with six more songs. She wrote: "6 songs composed and ready in my head and they are NOT about New York I am a rapper now. Also a breeder apparently and back soon #Mumbai." The term 'breeder' was sarcastically used by her for referring to the notice BMC had issued against her for allegedly breeding mosquitoes.

The residents of Andheri, Mumbai-based comedian Daniel Fernandes, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and numerous of fans have come out in support of the RJ on social media calling the BMC's act as vendetta. She has also received support from activists like Shailesh Gandhi and Dolphy D'Souza who slammed the BMC over its legal action.  

Shortly after being released, Malishka's video went viral on social media, withtopics like 'Mumbai with Malishka', 'I support RJ Malishka' and 'Pothole rap' trendingon the internet.

On the other hand, leader of the House in the BMC and party veteran, Yashwant Jadhav has called Malishka's video a 'publicity gimmick'. He said, "It is for everybody to see who all are backing her and supporting her now. Malishka's parody is nothing but a political stunt to malign the Shiv Sena. As soon as she was criticised, many political figures came forward in her support. In this way, the radio station too got publicity. We do not intend to give them any more publicity as we don't care about Malishka or her parody song."

Meanwhile, the radio channel released another video on July 20 stating that Delhi and Mumbai face similar problems. The song "Sonu, tula RJ var bharavsa nahi ka?," was similar to Malishka's video released last week.

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