New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday took a dig at BJP in the wake of controversial remarks by some of its senior leaders against Shah Rukh Khan, terming Yogi Adityanath and Kailash Vijayvargiya the “new icons of tolerance” of the ruling party.
Randeep Surjewala and Digvijay Singh slammed the BJP leaders in a series of tweets.
At a Congress briefing, senior spokesman Anand Sharma said that Vijayvargiya’s remarks needed to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“Whoever is with the government is right and is a citizen of the country. But those who don’t fall in line are targeted,” he said as he referred to Vijayvargiya’s remark that Shah Rukh lives in India but his soul was in Pakistan.
The Madhya Pradesh MLA had later withdrawn his controversial tweets but asserted that, had there been intolerance in India, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor after Amitabh Bachchan. At the Congress briefing, Sharma said that a large number of Hindus do not believe in the policies of RSS and that it should stop claiming that it represents the entire community.
Controversial BJP MP Yogi Adityanath today compared Shah Rukh to Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed after the actor’s “extreme intolerance” comment, sparking condemnation. Adityanath alleged that Shah Rukh and Saeed are speaking the same language of terror and said he did not see any difference in their language.
BJP later strongly disapproved of Hindutva leader Adityanath’s controversial comments, terming them “uncalled for” and stating that they did not reflect in any way the core belief of the party or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.