New Delhi: Firebrand BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has now jumped into the defence of Union Minister Manohar Parrikar who is under Opposition's line of fire for allegedly taking a jibe at Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in context of intolerance debate.
Parrikar had recently taken a veiled jibe at Khan who had earlier expressed a "sense of alarm" over "growing intolerance in country."
"One actor had said that his wife wants to live out of India. It was an arrogant statement. If I am poor and my house is small, but I have to love my house and always dream to make a bungalow out of it," Parrikar had said.
A day after his remarks caused a flutter, Parrikar had on Sunday clarified that he did not target any specific person but is against overall 'unrest'. Parrikar also said that he was not opposed to the 'freedom of expression, but feels that country is supreme.'
Coming out in his defence, Swamy tweeted this morning, ''Why so much hu ha about Parrikar's statement on Aamir? If Aamir is ignorant that to love janma bhoomi is unconditional then he needs a teacher.''
Why so much hu ha about Parrikar's statement on Amir? If Amir is ignorant that to love janma bhoomi is unconditional then he needs a teacher
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 1, 2016
Swamy's remarks came after Opposition parties hit out at Parrikar for raking up the issue.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also attacked Parrikar and RSS over his jibe at actor Aamir Khan for remarks on intolerance, telling them bluntly "hate is the preserve of the coward and it never wins".
The opposition party accused BJP and RSS of a "concerted conspiracy" to hound Dalits, minorities, writers, actors and whoever dissents against the Narendra Modi government.
"RSS & Parrikarji want to teach everyone a lesson. Here's a lesson for you: hate is the preserve of the coward and it never wins," the Congress vice president said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
In November last year, the "PK" actor had joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, saying he has been "alarmed" by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.