Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament and Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur has slammed actor Aamir Khan for his remarks on the alleged “growing intolerance” in the country.
Interacting with the media at Una on Tuesday evening, Thakur said some “so-called intellectuals” were trying to portray India as an intolerant country.
“Why was he (Aamir) not afraid during Bhagalpur riots, Mumbai violence or Assam and Rajasthan riots? Why didn’t he think about leaving the country then?” he questioned.
Terming the “intolerance protest” a conspiracy, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) national chief said, “Those who are part of the vitiating campaign, instead of speaking against the global problems like terrorism, are involved in the condemnable act of denouncing their own country.”
The MP also launched a fresh attack on chief minister Virbhadra Singh and demanded that the Congress high command sack him.
“The action against him (Virbhadra) is a result of his own corrupt practices. Yet he is blaming the leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal,” Thakur said.
Questioning the silence of the Congress leadership over the matter, Thakur said when Virbhadra was asked to step down after he faced corruption charges as a Union minister then why was the Congress trying to shield him despite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on his properties.
“By saving Virbhadra, Congress is only promoting corruption, a tradition in the grand-old party,” he quipped.
Earlier, the MP presided over a meeting with administrative officers regarding the MP Model Village Scheme. He said the Lower Dehlan village, which he had adopted under the scheme, would be developed with public participation.
Thakur stressed upon the need to make people and panchayati raj institutions’ (PRI) representatives aware about the scheme, and directed the administration to implement the government-run schemes in a time-bound manner.
He further said a cleanliness drive would be carried out in the village every week and two children would be involved in the campaign by appointing them as convener and co-convener and as ambassadors of the campaign.
‘Sri Lanka may host Indo-Pak series’
Speaking about the possibilities of bilateral series between India and Pakistan, Thakur said the series would be held at a neutral venue, and Sri Lanka was among the probable venues. “Earlier, there was a possibility of holding the series in the UAE, but the BCCI is now considering Sri Lanka,” he added.
“For it, the cricket boards of both India and Pakistan have to seek permission from their governments, and the BCCI has written to the external affairs ministry to send team India to Sri Lanka,” he added.