People like Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Prachi who “speak nonsense” should be “thrown out” of the BJP and “put behind bars”, actor Anupam Kher has said.
“There are some people in the party (BJP) who speak nonsense, and ill-behave, whether it is Sadhvi or Yogi...they should be put behind bars, thrown out of the party (...Hain kuch log aise party mein jo bakwas karte hain, chahe wo Sadhvi hon ya Yogi ho, unko andar kar dena chahiye aur unko nikal dena chahiye),” Kher said.
“...But, you can’t play with the entire country and say that we have intolerance here (...magar aap pure desh ke saath khilwad nahin kar sakte ki hamare desh meyn intolerance hai,” he said.
He was speaking in Kolkata on Saturday at the Telegraph National Debate on Intolerance.
The noted actor also attacked Congress, saying people in the rival party speak “the most of awful things.”
“Your MP Digvijayaji had said about another MP the most awful things...Nothing can be more detestable than that. I have not brought the list of who spoke what, and I am not defending those who speak nonsense,” he said.
BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi have courted controversies in the past for their inflammatory statements drawing sharp reactions from several quarters.
“This is a no debate. The rich and the famous are talking of intolerance. If you ask a man on the street, he won’t talk about intolerance. All they want is food two times a day. Those with a champagne glass are only talking about it. Are you living in India or America?” Kher said.