BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s criticism of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan for his comments on “extreme” intolerance in India drew a swift reaction from environment minister Prakash Javadekar who said this failed to reflect the party stand.
His pictures earn crores here but he sees intolerance in India,” Vijayvargiya said in some tweets. The BJP leader joined the heated debate on social media over Shahrukh’s remarks, asking where the star had been when folks perished in 1993 (in Mumbai bombings).
Responding to the tweets, Javadekar said, “I would like to help it become clear that what he (Vijayvargiya) has said isn’t the party position. He does not signify the party point of view.”
“There’s intolerance, there’s extreme intolerance… there is I think… there’s growing intolerance,” he had said. “It is stupid… It’s stupid to be intolerant and this is our largest problem not just an issue. Religious intolerance and not being secular in this state is the worst kind of offense that you could do as a patriot,” he added.
Vijayvargiya is the latest BJP leader to shoot his mouth off and BJP chief Amit Shah despite repeated injunctions that loose remarks should be avoided.
There was a conspiracy to create an impression that there was an atmosphere of intolerance, Vijayawargiya said. Shahrukh’s remarks were only in tune with Pakistan along with other anti-India voices, he added. “If this is not being traitorous against the state, then what is? Anti-India forces are conspiring to oppose India’s likely membership of the UN Security Council,” he said.