Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kailash Vijayvargiya leader now retracted his controversial ‘Bharat Virodhi’ remark for Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, saying it wasn’t intended to ‘damage the opinions of anyone’.
“If India was ‘intolerant’ then Shah Rukh Khan wouldn’t function as the hottest actor in the nation after Amitabh Bachchan. My tweet was taken from context. Yet, I take back what I said since I’d no intention to damage anyone’s opinion,” Vijayvargiya tweeted.
Vijayvargiya had earlier called Shah Rukh Khan an “anti-nationalist” and condemned him over his “extreme intolerance” remark, saying his “soul” was in Pakistan though he lives in India.
His movies make crores here but he believes India to be intolerant,” Shah said in a number of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “growing intolerance” in the nation.
“If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it? India is making a play to be a permanent person in the United Nations and all of the anti-Indian forces, including Pakistan, are developing a conspiracy,” he said.
The BJP leader had earlier come under sharp criticism from the Opposition for his opinions.
“Shah Rukh Khan comes from a household of freedom fighters. How can he become a ‘Pakistani’ when his family fought for this country’s freedom? On the other hand, none of your loved ones members have fought for the freedom of this nation and also you call yourself patriot?” Congress leader Rashid Alvi said.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should personally apologise to Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan had openly stated that there was an “extreme intolerance” in the nation, and included that intolerance towards ingenuity and religion will hurt the united states.
“There is intolerance, there’s extreme intolerance… there’s I think… there’s growing intolerance,” he said.