Commenting on the ongoing controversy regarding the presence of Pakistani actors in the country, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath said that India’s fight is against terrorism and not against any particular form of art.
In a conversation with ANI, Adityanath said, “Humaari ladai aantankwad ke khilaaf hai, kisi kala ya sanskritik abhiyaan ke khilaaf nahi (Our fight is against terrorism. It’s not against any art or cultural programme).”
Speaking at an event in Delhi on Friday, Salman Khan said, “They are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.”
No sooner did he say the aforementioned that the MNS Chief, Raj Thackeray while taking a swipe for Salman Khan said that the artists should realise that nation comes first. If they have so much problem, we will ban their movies too.
“Are we short of artists in our country? Why do we need Pakistani artists to work in our films? I don’t understand. Jawans are fighting for us at borders.What will happen if they decide to put down their weapons? Who will guard our borders? Salman Khan?” remarked Thackeray.
On Saturday, Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande in a conversation with ANI also said, “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi supported Khan’s statements. Welcoming his stand, Azmi said, “Our fight is against Pakistan and we are proud of our soldiers for going into Pakistan-occupied territory and killing the terrorists. But, when we are talking about those who are here on valid visas for either work purpose or medical treatment, it is our duty to welcome them with open arms.”