Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In a comment which could snowball into a controversy, acclaimed writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday said that some people think that opposing Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is an anti-national activity.
On a microblogging website Twitter, Akhtar tweeted: "Some idiots imply that opposing Modi is an anti national activity. Are they suggesting that we, the 90 % Indians are anti nationals."
Last month, the lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP had retorted to those who were sending him “indecent messages”.
On Twitter, Akhtar wrote: “The kind of crude , indecent and Vulgar messages I get from Modi lovers establishes the low quality of his followers (sic).”
The Akhtar bashing by Modi`s supporters began when in October, Akhtar said Narendra Modi can never be a good prime minister, alleging that the BJP`s PM aspirant was not only tainted of communal riots but was also "undemocratic".
"Besides, all talks of involvement in Gujarat riots of 2002 which are before the courts, this man (Modi) is not democratic," Akhtar had told reporters on the sidelines of a school function in Patna. "Amid chants of registering hat-trick in Gujarat one thing is glossed over - that he has given a damn to democracy in the state ... His rise is a challenge to democracy," the Padma Bhusan awardee had added.
Akhtar’s remarks on Modi drew flak from the Gujarat CM’s supporters.