Cong defaming country, Aamir’s ‘intolerance’ remark gimmick: Shahnawaz

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2015 17:35 IST
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Thursday accused the Congress of “defaming” the country with the ‘intolerance’ issue and said actor Aamir Khan’s recent remark was a publicity gimmick.

“It is a sad commentary on the Congress mindset. First, it targeted the BJP, then the Modi government and now they are out to insult the nation by stoking the intolerance debate, which on ground does not exist at all,” he said. “Congress should not teach the country about tolerance and intolerance,” he added.

The desperation and frustration of the Congress could be gauged from the fact that it was seeking the help of the people of Pakistan to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said.

He also said Aamir Khan’s statement on intolerance had caused great harm to the country’s image. “Aamir Khan does not appear to be afraid or threatened in this whole episode; in fact, he is instilling unnecessary fear in the minds of the ordinary people,” Hussain said.

At an awards event in New Delhi on Monday, Aamir spoke of “growing despondency” that he said he had felt in India for the last six to eight months. “When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, for the first time she said, ‘Should we move out of India?’ Now that’s a very disastrous and a big comment to make to me,” he said.

Trying to put to rest the huge row over his comment, Khan said on Wednesday he and his wife loved India and had no intention of leaving the country.

Read: Aamir Khan: Proud to be Indian, don’t need anyone’s endorsement

Hussain said the Islamic State (IS) was a “blot on Islam” and had “nothing to do with the religion that taught compassion and love for all”.

Asked if the battle in Uttar Pradesh for the 2017 assembly elections would became difficult for the BJP after a drubbing in neighbouring Bihar, the former union minister said the BJP was taking stock of the defeat and win in Uttar Pradesh.

“Losing one match in a series does not mean the series is lost,” he quipped.

With IANS inputs

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