Sulabh toilet named after Rishi Kapoor: Actor says he is thrilled

  • ANI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 15:23 IST
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor reacts after a Sulabh toilet was named after him in Allahabad.

Responding to the naming of a Sulabh toilet after his name, Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor said he was thrilled. The actor jocularly told a leading English daily that he was thrilled by such a move. He said unlike the ‘Congress loyalists’, he would be of some use to the people.

He also said that he takes pride in the fact that the Sulabh shauchalaya is named after him because it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘pet project’ (Swachh Bharat).

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Talking to Mid Day, Rishi further said that he had nothing against the Nehru or Gandhi family but he was against exploitation of the family names. He said “They seem to have not understood what I implied by my tweets. I have been trying to say that I am against how blindfolded these people are to such issues. I am not saying anything wrong or disrespectful of Gandhi or Nehru or their family members.”

“This is just an observation by a citizen of the country and I have every right to voice my opinion. I know I have ruffled a few Congress feathers but they have misunderstood my intentions,” he further told the Mumbai tabloid.

Agitated with Rishi Kapoor for his scathing attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, the Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad city named a public toilet in the city after the Bollywood actor. Dozens of Congress workers gathered at Shivaji Park area in Allahabad and hung a board bearing Rishi Kapoor’s name outside a Sulabh toilet.

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The actor had earlier in a series of tweets slammed the Nehru-Gandhi family for keeping the names of several institutions after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress.Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata link road. Baap ka maal samjh rakha tha ?” he wrote.

“If roads in Delhi can be changed why not Congress assets/property ke naam? Was in Chandigarh wahan bhi Rajeev Gandhi assets? Socho? Why?” the actor added.

The veteran actor then asked for suggestions from the people on whether the names can be after film personalities like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and others.

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