BJP MP Compares SRK with Hafiz Saeed

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NEW DELHI: Not content with BJP leader Kailash Vijayavargiya’s diatribe against Shahrukh Khan who had accused the popular Muslim actor of being “anti-national” and said that Shahrukh’s soul was in Pakistan, party MP Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that “there was no difference in the language of film actor Shah Rukh Khan and terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed and suggested that Shahrukh should go to Pakistan.”

Adityanath also did not spare writers and artists for returning their awards accusing them of using the language of terror as well.

He further added, “These voices are not anti-BJP but anti-national. Unfortunately, Shah Rukh Khan has also joined the bogey,” Adityanath said.

The comments by Adityanath had come notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen. 

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had yesterday triggered a controversy when he tweeted that Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India. His remarks came a day after the 50-year-old actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country. 

Meanwhile, under fire for his remark against Shah Rukh, Vijayvargiya earlier today withdrew his controversial tweets but asserted that had there been intolerance in India, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor after Amitabh Bachchan. 

Even as he came under attack from sections in BJP, Bollywood actor  received support from an unusual quarter. 

Shiv Sena said the superstar should not be targeted only because he is a Muslim and that the minority community in India is “tolerant”.

“This country is tolerant and the Muslims are tolerant as well. Shah Rukh Khan should not be targeted only because he is a Muslim,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

Slamming Vijayvargiya, Raut asked the BJP general secretary not to bring Pakistan into this debate on tolerance, saying that it is India’s internal matter.

He said Shah Rukh is a superstar only because India is tolerant.

“Shah Rukh Khan is a superstar only because the country is tolerant and has never thought in the name of religion,” the Sena leader said.

However, Raut said Shah Rukh spoke quite late on the issue.

“First of all Shah Rukh Khan should not have gotten into this debate on tolerance and secondly, out of the people who have returned their awards, the number of Muslims is almost negligible. Also, Shah Rukh spoke on the issue very late,” he said.

In a novel development, Jama’at-u-Dawa chief Hafez Saeed, in a series of tweets, invited Shahrukh Khan to live in Pakistan.

Hafiz tweeted, “Any such Muslim, even Shah Rukh who is facing difficulty and discrimination in India because of Islam are invited to stay in Pakistan”.

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