New Delhi, Jan 10: Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani has flayed Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone for her visit to the JNU campus and siding with the government opponents - whom the saffron party leaders often call 'Tukde Tukde gang'.
In the video tweeted by party leaders such as Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, Ms Irani are heard saying: "....she has known her political affiliation known in 2011, that she supports the Congress party". "I think the problem what has happened is that lot of people did not know (this)," she said in apparent argument that people took her only as an artiste who extended support to the students of JNU after the January 5 violence.
Ms Irani flayed the Leftists saying, "We live in a democracy where communists want to go to power without democratic process". The row over Ms Padukone's visit to the JNU campus is far from over as in last few days several BJP leaders have said that the actress went to the varsity and at the garb of showing solidarity with the students but merely wanted to promote her film 'Chhapaak'.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has, however, said not only film stars, every common man or woman can go anywhere in a democratic country to express his or her opinion. "Why only artistes, any common man can go anywhere to express his opinion, there cannot be any objection," Mr Javadekar has said on Wednesday. Some BJP leaders had also given a call for boycott of Deepika's film. A former JNU student and known activist, Umar Khalid, has thanked actress Deepika Padukone for standing against 'fascists' and for students and youths. (UNI)