Kailash Vijayvargiya retracts his remarks on Shah Rukh Khan, says his comments were misinterpreted

After slamming Shah Rukh Khan, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya retracts his tweets.

Kailash Vijayvargiya retracts his remarks on Shah Rukh Khan, says his comments were misinterpreted

Mumbai: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya who slammed Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on ‘intolerance’ in the country, took to Twitter Wednesday morning to clarify his remark.

Vijayvargiya’s latest tweets suggested that his comments on the Bollywood superstar were misinterpreted and that he never intended to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

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In his tweet on Wednesday, Vijayvargiya said that had India been an intolerant nation, Shah Rukh Khan wouldn’t have been admired by Indians. After megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh has such huge fan following.

"Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant," he said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the "climate of intolerance" in the country.

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"If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy," Vijayvargiya had earlier said.

The BJP leader alleged that the attempt to create an "environment of intolerance" in the country is part of the conspiracy.

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

However, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said what Vijayvargiya has said is "not the view of the BJP".

"We have not seen what exactly he has said. What is reported is not the view of the party. We don't normally comment on individuals also.

"We have no problems with Shah Rukh Khan. He is a great actor. Undoubtedly people admire him. But what exactly Vijayvargiya has said I have not gone through it," Naidu said.

Vijayvargiya had come under attack over his tweets against Shah Rukh Khan with Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O'Brien terming them "sickening".

"Sickening remarks against Shah Rukh Khan by BJP general secretary also Bengal in-charge. What kind of attitude is this? Everyone else is bad and only you are good?" Derek had said in a statement.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also come out in support of the Bollywood superstar.

"We r all proud of you.@iamsrk Hope your words help to make a tolerant, inclusive and progressive India," he had tweeted. 

(With PTI inputs)

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