Shah Rukh Khan in India, his aatma in Pakistan: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya

"Shahrukh's comment about intolerance points that he is matching the tunes with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces," said Vijayvargiya.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2015 11:02 am
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A day after actor Shah Rukh Khan said “religious intolerance and not being secular… is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot”, he came under attack from BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya who called him “anti-national” and said it appears that Khan “lives in Hindustan but his soul is in Pakistan”.

Vijayvargiya questioned Khan’s patriotism saying he had become a “Bharat virodhi” (anti-India) and seemed to have joined “international forces” out to “defame India and dampen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda”.

Aisa lagta hai, woh rahte hain Hindustan mein, lekin unka aatma Pakistan mein hai,” Vijayvargiya told The Indian Express on phone from Araria in Bihar where he had been campaigning.

However, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar condemned Vijayvargia comments on SRK saying that the BJP doesn’t endorse the views of the party general secretary.

Vijayvargia is not a spokesman for BJP, Javadekar said.

Hailed by the party as the architect of its stunning victory in Haryana and now in-charge of its West Bengal unit, Vijayvargiya said: “There are some international forces conspiring against India. They want India to be defamed. Artistes like Shah Rukh should have stayed away from this.”

“The writers, scientists and artistes who have been protesting against the Modi government have become victims of this international conspiracy. Wittingly or unwittingly, Shah Rukh also became a part of it. They have become Bharat virodhi,” he said.

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Describing Khan as a “good artist” — he said he had watched Khan’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Baazigar — Vijayvargiya said he should have thought of “desh ki pratishtha” (respect for the country) instead of joining “political forces” that have been trying to create hurdles for the BJP-led government’s development works.

Earlier in the day, Vijayvargiya tweeted: “He (Khan) stays in India, but his heart probably lies in Pakistan. His films earn crores here but he sees only intolerance here.”

“What can it be called if not anti-national? India is on the verge of becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council. All anti-India forces, including Pakistan, are conspiring against this… Creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the country is part of this conspiracy. Shah Rukh’s cry over intolerance is joining voices with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces.”

“Where was Shah Rukh Khan when hundreds of people were killed in 1993 in Mumbai? Where was Shah Rukh when Mumbai faced the 26/11 attack?… Today the entire world is honouring India and its leadership. In such circumstances, to talk about intolerance would weaken India before the world,” he tweeted.

 

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