New Delhi: A day after Bhartiya Janta Patry (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya attacked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan saying that his heart was in Pakistan, another ruling party politician Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday likened the actor to 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
“Shah Rukh should understand that if Muslims don’t see his films, he will be on the roads. There is no difference in what Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed say,” Aditynath said, hours after Vijayvargiya retracted his controversial tweets following criticism by his party leaders saying that he did not intend to hurt anyone.
Vijayvargiya tweeted on Tuesday asking, “Where was Shah Rukh Khan when 1993 blasts, 26/11 attacks took place, killing hundreds of people?”
He added: “Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His movies make crores in India, yet he finds the country intolerant.”
Vijayvargiya in his tweets on Wednesday while withdrawing his anti-Shah Rukh comments said that the actor would not have been more popular in India had the country been intolerant. Thus, some people misunderstood his remarks.
“I did not intend to hurt anyone. I retract my tweets,” the BJP leader tweeted.
अगर भारत में असहिष्णुता होती तो अमिताभ के बाद सर्वाधिक लोकप्रिय अभिनेता शाहरुख़ न होते, मेरे ट्वीट को कुछ लोगो ने अलग अर्थो में लिया है। 1/2
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 4, 2015
मेरा उद्देश्य किसी को भी ठेस पहुँचाना कतई नहीं था। मैं अपना कल का ट्वीट वापिस लेता हूँ। 2/2 — Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 4, 2015
“These are uncalled for, not correct comments. You cannot compare Shah Rukh Khan or any Indian citizen with a terrorist. This is not the BJP viewpoint,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said disapproving of the statements of both the leaders.
Ironically, BJP ally the Shiv Sena took a dig at the former saying, “Shah Rukh Khan should not be targeted for being a Muslim.”