Former Madhya Pradesh minister and senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya attacked Shah Rukh Khan via twitter, accusing the actor of being a Pakistan sympathizer. Vijayvargiya’s tweets came after Shah Rukh Khan, on Monday, said that ‘there is extreme intolerance in India.’
In a series of tweets, the BJP general secretary who is known for making provocative comments said that when the world was acknowledging India as a leader, to talk about intolerance in India amounts to weakening India.
He termed creating an atmosphere of intolerance as a conspiracy and by speaking about intolerance Shah Rukh Khan was in tune with Pakistan and anti-India forces. Vijayvargiya even went to the extent of terming Shah Rukh’s statement as amounting to sedition, especially when India is about to become a permanent member of the UN-something which is being opposed by Pakistan and other anti India forces.
He said that Shah Rukh Khan lives in India but his heart is in Pakistan. His films do business in India but he sees intolerance in India, said Kailash Vijayvargiya in his tweets.
शाहरुख़ खान रहते भारत में हैं पर उनका मन सदा पाकिस्तान में रहता है। उनकी फिल्मों यहाँ करोड़ो कमाती है पर उन्हें भारत असहिष्णु नजर आता है 1/5— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 3, 2015
Further, Vijayvargiya sought to know through tweets where Shah Rukh Khan was when the 1993 blasts took place and 26/11 attacks took place in Mumbai.
Shah Rukh, who turned 50 on Monday, had come out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion will hurt the country.
“There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance... there is I think... there is growing intolerance,” he said.
“It is stupid... It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue not just an issue...Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he added.
“If there is intolerance to creativity, intolerance through religion, we are taking away every step that the nation is taking forward,” he said.
Even as Vijayvargiya attacked Khan, information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley underplayed the actor’s remarks. “If someone says ‘there shouldn’t be intolerance in the country’ what is wrong in that?” Jaitley said, when asked about Khan’s remarks.
West Bengal’s ruling party Trinamool Congress slammed Vijayvargiya over his remarks.
“Sickening remarks against Shah Rukh Khan. What kind of attitude is this: everyone else is bad and only you are good?” said party’s spokesperson Derek O’Brian. Bengal government had appointed Khan as the state’s “brand ambassador”.
Sickening remarks against @iamsrk by BJP national gen sec also in charge of Bengal.What attitude is this: everyone is bad & only u r good?— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) November 3, 2015