Smriti targets Padukone; Ajay Devgan says peace should not be derailed 'carelessly'

Smriti targets Padukone; Ajay Devgan says peace should not be derailed 'carelessly'

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New Delhi, Jan 10: Cine star Ajay Devgan on Friday sought to counsel his fellow stars in Bollywood and others 'not to derail' the process of peace and brotherhood with regard violence in the JNU campus in the capital.

The missive from Devgan is also significant as the row generated by cine star Deepika Padukone's visit to the JNU campus has declined to end.

At an event on Thursday in Chennai, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani has said - "....she (actress Deepika) has known her political affiliation known in 2011, that she supports the Congress party".

"So she stood next to them (JNU students leaders Aishe Ghosh and others). That is her right. I can't deny her that right. She will stand next to people who will beat up other girls, who don't see eye-to-eye ideologically, in private parts. That's her freedom," said Ms Irani.

For his part, Mr Devgan tweeted using the hashtag '#JNUViolence' - "I have always maintained that we should wait for proper facts to emerge. I appeal to everyone- let us further the spirit of peace and brotherhood, not derail it either consciously or carelessly".

Notably the tweet from the popular Hindi film star on Friday came shortly after the Delhi police at a news conference released photographs of nine suspects or 'masked protestors' identified for the violence at JNU on Sunday late evening and named most members of the Left-controlled students' union.

Union Minister Irani has flayed Bollywood actress Deepika for her visit to the JNU campus and siding with the government opponents - whom the saffron party leaders often call 'Tukde Tukde gang'.

The video of Irani's remark has been retweeted and shared by BJP leaders as well.

"I think I would rather know what her political affiliation is than not know. I think that anybody who has read the news knew where you are going to stand... (They) knew that you are going to stand with people who wanted the destruction of India, knew that you are standing with people who celebrate every time a CRPF jawan is killed," Ms Irani has said.

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 the 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," 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 Padukon for standing against 'fascists' and for students and youths. (UNI)