Bharatiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya may have retracted his tweets against actor Shah Rukh Khan, but he continues to maintain that the ‘extreme intolerance in India’ statement of the ‘Swadesh’ star was “not correct.”
One of the party’s main strategists for Bihar assembly elections, Vijayvargiya was here in Bhopal to attend the one-day special session of the state assembly’s convened to discuss farmers’ issues on Thursday.
Talking to HT, the controversial BJP leader, reiterated that if he had termed Shah Rukh Khan the most popular star after actor Amitabh Bachchan, it only meant that he would not have been so popular in the country had there been religious intolerance. Hence his statement on religious intolerance in the country was not correct, he added.
Vijayvargiya had triggered an outrage with his five-tweet attack on Shah Rukh Khan on November 3. “Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he finds India intolerant,” he had tweeted on Tuesday, drawing severe criticism, also by his own party. The senior BJP leader retracted his comments on Wednesday morning and said they had been “misunderstood.”
Interestingly, though Vijayvargiya has retracted his tweets against the Bollywood superstar he has preferred not to delete the series of tweets he posted against the star. The controversial tweets continue to remain on his Twitter page.
“My tweets were misinterpreted and it was not aimed at hurting anybody’s sentiments,” said Vijayvargiya.
Asked if his tweets were a part of the BJP’s strategy ahead of the last phase of Bihar polls to polarise voters, Vijayvargiya said the BJP didn’t believe in such an act of polarisation.
“I toured various parts of Bihar and what made difference between the NDA and JD (U)-led alliance was the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and our agenda of development. The prime minister’s popularity is proved by the fact that no less than the reputed international magazine Forbes has put him at the 9th rank on the list of the most powerful leaders in the world,” he said.
“The fact remains that the NDA was already winning the assembly polls hands down,” said the former mayor of Indore, who is also a six-time legislator from Madhya Pradesh who has never lost an assembly election.