Continuing his attack against Shah Rukh Khan for his ‘intolerance’ remark, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that people like the Bollywood actor who want to tamper with India’s image are ‘anti-national’.
“People who want to malign image of a nation as tolerant and liberal as India, their act is nothing less than treason. They are doing the same as anti-national people are doing outside India,” Adityanath told ANI.
“Writers, historians and people like Shah Rukh Khan who are trying to tamper India’s image, their deeds fall in the category of treason,” he added.
Adityanath also said that it deserves to be condemned that people like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who have been accused of killing lakhs of people, are today teaching the nation about tolerance.
Earlier, the BJP MP had said that Shah Rukh Khan must remember that if the majority of this nation rejects his films then he will end up wandering the streets like any common Muslim.
“Anti-national people like Khan are raising their voices and we condemn it,” Adityanath had said.
Reacting to Hafiz Saeed’s invitation to Shah Rukh Khan to come and live in Pakistan, Adityanath said he welcomed the invite and hoped the actor will consider it.
“I welcome the invitation. All such people should go to Pakistan where they will be shown their true position in the scheme of things. Hafiz Saeed and Shah Rukh Khan speak the same language,” Adityanath added.
His controversial comment has been one of the many that have been directed towards Shah Rukh Khan, who has attacked by right wing groups for his comments against intolerance.
Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Sadhvi Prachi had earlier lashed out at Khan, accusing him of being a ‘Pakistani’ and expressing ‘anti-national’ thoughts.
King Khan had joined the debate swirling around ‘intolerance’ on his 50th birthday, when he told a leading news channel 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,” he said, supporting the views of writers, filmmakers and others who have returned their awards in protest against the rising intolerance.