Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has supported Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over his jibe at Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in context of intolerance debate.
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Parrikar, at a book launch in Pune, without naming Khan had said:
“One actor said my wife wants to go out of India… it was an arrogant statement. However poor my family, is, however small my house is, I have to love my house and always aim to make a big bungalow out of it through right procedure…. You can’t feel ashamed of your set up.”
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He added that “an online trading company” the actor was associated with as well was “taught a lesson”.
Supporting the defence minister, Swamy tweeted: On August 1, the Parrikar’s comments created a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha with the opposition members alleging that the government was targeting the minorities. Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the minister talked about teaching a lesson to those who talk the way Aamir Khan did.
“What type of lesson is he going to teach us? What kind of lesson is he going to teach the minorities,” Azad asked. “We are with you against Pakistan but you are threatening us,” he added.
The opposition party accused BJP and RSS of a “concerted conspiracy” to hound Dalits, minorities, writers, actors and whoever dissents against the Narendra Modi government.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted:
Parrikar, who was present in the house urged the members to see the video themselves and not to go by reports.
“I will only say one thing. Let the members see the video (of his speech) by themselves and make up their minds,” the Defence Minister said.
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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati also accused the government of targeting minorities and Dalits. “Ever since this government has come, they first targeted minorities, especially Muslims, and now Dalits are being targeted,” she said.
Last November, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan said that his wife Kiran Rao wondered aloud to him whether they should move out of India, as she feared for the safety of their children in a climate of insecurity.