The firestorm that Kangana Ranaut She was kicked with her comment that the Indian Independence she won in 1947 was “bheek” intensified on Friday with leaders of the BJP and other parties demanding action against the actress even as a complaint was filed against her as some people took to the streets. to burn their effigies. There were also demands that the given Padma Shri be returned to him.
Ranaut, who often makes headlines for his combative statements on political or other issues, started a dispute on Thursday by declaring that India achieved “real freedom” in 2014, when the government led by Narendra Modi came to power, and described the country. Independence in 1947 as “bheek”, or alms.
The actor made the controversial statement just a day after receiving the Padma Shri. In Jodhpur, the Mahila Congress filed a police complaint against Ranaut. In the complaint, Jodhpur Mahila Congressional Committee Chair Manisha Panwar said that Ranaut insulted the freedom fighters and the people of the country through her statement, which falls into the “category of sedition”. Police said the complaint has been under investigation. Delhi BJP leader Praveen Shankar Kapoor was one of those who criticized the actor, saying that Ranaut’s comments are an “insult to the sacrifice of freedom fighters.”
Kangana also defended herself after being criticized for her comment that ‘independence was bheek’. The actress said she’s ready to give back to Padma Shri if someone can enlighten her on what happened in 1947. The actress used Instagram Stories to share some excerpts from a book “just to clear things up.” She wrote: “Everything is mentioned very clearly in the same interview from 1857, the first collective fight for freedom… along with the sacrifice of greats like Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Laxmibai and Veer Savarkar ji. 1857 I know, but I don’t know what war took place in 1947, if someone can bring me to consciousness, I will return my Padma Shri and apologize too … please help me with this. “
Meanwhile, political leaders and people from across the spectrum have criticized Kangana for his comments. “Being the son of a freedom fighter and coming from a family of freedom fighters, I consider Kangana Ranaut’s statements that India’s freedom was a handout (bheekh) to be the greatest abuse of freedom and an insult. to the sacrifice made by freedom fighters. May the Indian judicial system recognize it, “Delhi BJP leader Praveen Shankar Kapoor said in a Hindi tweet on Thursday.
However, he told PTI on Friday that he tweeted about it in a personal capacity. Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said the actor’s negative comments about India’s fight for independence were wrong.
“Kangana Ranaut’s comment on the country’s struggle for independence is completely wrong. No one has the right to make a negative comment about the freedom movement, “Patil told reporters, although he added that he did not know the” emotions “that made the actor make such a statement.
“After Narendra modi became prime minister in 2014, the common man is having an experience of true freedom. Now, there is no one left in the country who cannot have two meals a day. The Union government is distributing 35 kg of food grains to the poor at 105 rupees, “he said.
According to Patil, Ranaut can appreciate Modi’s work without criticizing the fight for freedom. Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said that Kangana insulted the freedom fighters and that the Center must recover Padma Shri and arrest her.
“It appears that Kangana Ranaut took a large dose of Malana cream (a variety of hashish grown in Himachal Pradesh) before making such a statement,” Malik said.
In Indore, a group made up of the family of freedom fighters set fire to an effigy of the actor.
The protest was held on MG Road here and one of the participants, Asha Govind Khadiwala, said that Ranaut must apologize to the nation for hurting the courage and sacrifice of freedom fighters.
The protesters subsequently filed a memorandum at the Indore divisional commissioner’s office.
NSUI workers in Mumbai also held a protest outside the actor’s residence over his controversial statement.
On Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party had submitted an application to the Mumbai Police demanding a case against it for “seditious and inflammatory” comments, while politicians from across the spectrum, including BJP MP Varun Gandhi, were among a large number of social network users and others. who reacted with indignation to Ranaut’s comments.
Ranaut has often been in the news for his headlines and controversial statements, be it his long struggle with filmmaker Karan Johar over nepotism, his confrontation with Diljit Dosanjh at the farmers’ protest, his comments on Twitter criticizing the ruling government. of Shiv Sena or comparing Mumbai to occupied Pakistan Kashmir.
The central government granted her Y-plus security after she said she felt unsafe in Mumbai following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and also spoke about drug use in a section of the film industry.
The actor’s Twitter account was permanently suspended and the company said it was done “for repeated violation of Twitter rules.” The move came after Ranaut’s scathing comments about post-survey violence in West Bengal. Now he posts his videos and messages on Instagram. .
(With PTI inputs)