Yogi Adityanath attacks SRK, compares him with Hafiz Saeed
New Delhi: Controversial BJP MP Yogi Adityanath today compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai carnage, over his "extreme intolerance" comment, in the second attack on the actor by a BJP leader in as many days, sparking condemnation.
Hitting out at Shah Rukh two days after the actor added his voice to the protest by the intelligentsia against the 'climate of intolerance', Adityanath also suggested that he go to Pakistan.
In another controversial remark, Adityanath, the MP from Gorakhpur, said Shah Rukh should remember that if a "huge mass" of people in the country boycott his films then he would also have to wander on streets like a "normal Muslim".
Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya yesterday in a series of tweets triggered a controversy when he painted Shah Rukh as an "anti-nationalist" and said that the actor's "soul" is in Pakistan though he lives in India.
Claiming that in the name of secularism some artists and authors with radical views have started speaking as "anti-nationals", Adityanath said "unfortunately" Shah Rukh has also matched their voice and lent his support.
Congress said Adityanath's statement was condemnable and said it would cause tension. "This is a condemnable statement and nobody can send an individual to Pakistan," Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said while his party colleague P C Chacko feared such comments would create tension. PTI