Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday said that he did not call Bollywood actor Aamir Khan a traitor despite what had been published in a few dailies, and added that efforts were being made to tarnish his image.
”Whatever I said in the standing committee is secret. And if the talks of the committee are coming out in public, then it is illegal. I have never used the word traitor for Aamir Khan. I can never say a word like that for him in my entire life,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by ANI.
“I would give a notice to the newspapers who have published this false news. I am a responsible citizen and I can never use a word like that. The newspapers are trying to tarnish my image by publishing false news,” he added.
He also said that newspapers should apologise and should also mention the name of the source who gave them this false news.
The BJP MP, however, said that Aamir Khan should not be the brand ambassador of Incredible India now as what he said is against the campaign.
“Anyone who is the face of “Incredible India” should not say that India is not a place to live in,” ANI quoted Tiwari as saying.
Anyone who is the face of "Incredible India", should not say that India is not a place to live in: Manoj Tiwari pic.twitter.com/nWFdeKDn3y— ANI (@ANI_news) January 9, 2016
Earlier media reports had said that the BJP MP had called Aamir Khan a traitor at a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Friday in which members sought an explanation from the Tourism Secretary for replacing actor Khan with Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador of the Incredible India campaign.
“It is good that Aamir Khan has been taken out of the (Incredible India) campaign. He is a traitor, he should be thrown out,” the BJP MP from North East Delhi was quoted as saying in several media reports.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has started a political war with the Centre over Aamir Khan’s ouster as Incredible India ambassador.
BJP's intolerance marches unabated & unchecked. Now, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari calls Aamir Khan traitor. Will Modiji define 'Nationalism' for us?— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 9, 2016
Even Aam Aadmi Party was quick to attack the BJP . “Manoj Tewari’s statement is proof that BJP/RSS has talent deficit.There is not one Gajendra Chauhan but too many in SANGH PARIWAR.I pity,” tweeted Ashutosh.
Manoj Tewari calling Aamir Deshdrohi is the most hilarious statement I heard in recent past. Mr Tewari please grow up and look mature.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 9, 2016