Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut who is fighting a war of words with actor Kangana Ranaut attracted fresh criticism from the BJP. Notably, BJP on Monday lambasted Raut for trying to defame Gujarat by calling Ahmedabad a “mini Pakistan”. The saffron party demanded an apology from Sanjay Raut.
War of words
Raut, while speaking to the media on Sunday, asked whether Kangana Ranaut had the courage to compare Ahmedabad to “mini Pakistan”. His outburst came after the actor equated Mumbai with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).
The actor and the Shiv Sena leader have been locked in a bitter war of words. It started after Ranaut termed Mumbai unsafe post the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
“If that girl apologises to Mumbai and Maharashtra for calling Mumbai a ‘mini Pakistan’, then I will think about it. Does she have the courage to say the same about Ahmedabad?” the Sena MP had asked.
Gujarat BJP asks Raut to apologise
Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya took strong exception to Raut’s remarks. He said that Raut had insulted Gujarat by calling Ahmedabad a mini Pakistan. Pandya demanded that the Shiv Sena leader should apologise to the people of Gujarat and Ahmedabad.
Pandya said the Sena should stop using any opportunity to defame Gujarat, Gujaratis and leaders from Gujarat “by targeting them out of jealousy, hatred and malice”.
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“This is the Gujarat of Gandhiji and Sardar Patel. Sardar Patel has strengthened the unity and integrity of India by uniting 562 kingdoms. Junagadh and Hyderabad were prevented from going to Pakistan. They were made to stay in India due to his guts and strength,” he said.
Similarly, Pandya added that Patel’s dream of making Kashmir an integral part of India by revoking Article 370 has been fulfilled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah who are from Gujarat.
“Therefore, Gujarat’s contribution to India’s unity and integrity in the past and present should be remembered,” he said.
Kangana to get Y-Plus category security
Following the threats to actor Kangana Ranaut, the Centre is likely to provide her with Y-Plus category security. The development comes at a time when the actor is embroiled in a row over calling Mumbai as “POK”. The actor has openly spoken about the rampant drug use in the film industry following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
The actor will be protected by a personal security officer and 11 armed policemen including commandos.
Following the development, the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ actor tweeted thanking Union home minister Amit Shah.
“This proves that a patriot’s voice cannot be crushed by. I am grateful to Amit Shah, if he wanted, he could have advised me to go to Mumbai after a few days but he respected a daughter of India, protected her pride and self-respect. Jai Hind,” she said.
The 33-year-old actor has faced sharp attacks from Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena over her comments on the handling of the Sushant Singh Rajput case. In fact, she has been at the forefront of the “Justice for Sushant Singh Rajput” campaign after the actor was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.
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