BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya Retracts Tweets, Now Says Shah Rukh Khan ‘Most Popular After Amitabh’

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has retracted his tweets against film star Shah Rukh Khan, saying his comments were misunderstood. Yesterday, Mr Vijayvargiya’s tweets saying the actor’s “heart lies in Pakistan” were widely criticised, including by his own party.

“I did not intent to hurt anyone. I take back my tweets,” Mr Vijayvargiya tweeted this morning. The 59-year-old also said, “Shah Rukh wouldn’t have been the most popular actor after Amitabh (Bachchan) had India been intolerant. My tweets were misunderstood by some.”

On Tuesday evening, Mr Vijayvargiya, BJP General Secretary and a former Madhya Pradesh minister, tweeted, “Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he finds India intolerant.”

“I condemn his comments outright,” said union minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar soon after, pointing out that Mr Vijayvargiya is not a BJP spokesperson and so does not speak for the party.

Senior minister Venkaiah Naidu said this morning that he had not seen Mr Vijayvargiya’s remarks, but asserted, “It is not view of the party. We all admire Shah Rukh Khan.”

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted today, “Kailash Vijavargiya National Gen Secy BJP- ‘Shah Rukh Khan is a Traitor’ Do Modi and Amit Shah endorse his opinion?Would they act against him?” He demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “personally apologise” to the actor.

Other parties also slammed the BJP leader. “Sickening remarks against @iamsrk by BJP national gen sec also in charge of Bengal.What attitude is this: everyone is bad & only u r good? (sic)” tweeted Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien.

And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent the actor a message of support. “We r all proud of you.@iamsrk Hope your words help to make a tolerant, inclusive and progressive India (sic),” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

Shah Rukh Khan had, on Monday, his 50th birthday, said, “Religious intolerance, or intolerance of any kind, is the worst thing and will take us to the dark ages,” supporting the many writers, filmmakers and others who have returned awards in protest after incidents of mob attacks over rumours of beef eating and cow slaughter and killings of noted rationalist writers.

‘Lives in India, Heart is in Pakistan’: BJP Leader Attacks Shah Rukh Khan

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has drawn strong criticism from his own party and others for his attack on Shah Rukh Khan over the film star’s comments on religious intolerance.

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“Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he finds India intolerant,” the former Madhya Pradesh minister and BJP general secretary tweeted today.

“I condemn his comments outright,” said union minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, pointing out that Mr Vijayvargiya is not a BJP spokesperson and so does not speak for the party.

“Sickening remarks against @iamsrk by BJP national gen sec also in charge of Bengal.What attitude is this: everyone is bad & only u r good? (sic)” tweeted Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal sent the actor a message of support.”We r all proud of you.@iamsrk Hope your words help to make a tolerant, inclusive and progressive India (sic),” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

Shah Rukh Khan had joined the debate swirling around “intolerance” on Monday, his 50th birthday, when he told NDTV that there was “nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages”.

“Our religion cannot be defined or showed respect to by our meat-eating habits. How banal and silly is that,” said Shah Rukh Khan, supporting the many writers, filmmakers and others who have returned awards in protest after incidents of mob attacks over rumours of beef eating and cow slaughter and killings of noted rationalist writers.

“Isn’t this treason? India is about to become a member of the United Nations Security Council. All forces opposing India including Pakistan are conspiring against it,” Mr Vijayvargiya tweeted today responding to the comments made by Mr Khan.

“Creating an atmosphere of intolerance in India is part of the conspiracy. Shah Rukh’s tune is to sing with Pakistan and these forces against India,” he wrote.

“When hundreds were killed in Bombay in 1993, then where was Shah Rukh Khan? When Mumbai 26/11 attack was where Shah Rukh?” he said.

Mr Vijayvargiya added that the whole world today “values India and its leadership”. “To talk of growing intolerance now would be weakening India before the world,” he said.

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  1. The BJP Government and its leaders are now engaged in a non-winning warfare of personal attacks on anybody who will dare to portray the totally disappointing march of the nation towards disorder-friction and anarchy. Now the well known authors-political leaders and movie stars are totally fed up with the nation’s sad predicament; so finally speaking out.

    How, the BJP can ignore these big writing on the wall.

    “The Moody” s down grading of India as an unsafe place to invest.

    The very popular American medical journal ” Lancet” down grading the deteriorating medical care of the poorest of India.
    (Lancet is identical to the British Journal of Medicine). Very caring BJP towards the poorest sections of the society cut down the funding 50% for the Women and Child Development ($ 1.6 billion) under the ministry of Meneka Gandhi. Also, 20% budget cutting in the healthcare. How much inflation in the food items like pulse and onion? Any justification or excuse for the world-roaming PM in royal outfits?

    Mr. Modi paid and royal visit to Nepal with the whole intention to restore Nepal as an Hindu country, but 2/3 of the Parliament wanted to keep Nepal as a secular nation, which caused heart burn and heart attack to Mr. Modi and the BJP.
    Now with the backing of China, the once friendly Nepal has shown a different face of confrontation with India.

    See the array of disappointing election results at the former citadels of BJP in U.P., Maharastra, etc. The final slap will be hitting straight from Bihar.

    All these are clear-cut indications that the electorate of India are totally disappointed with the BJP heaven promising rule; but in reality it was turned like an autocratic rule of intimidation and anarchy. India’s role being the largest democracy was totally changed.

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