Yogi Adityanath supports Salman, says fight against terrorism, not art

Superstar Salman Khan who is receiving a lot of flak for backing Pakistani artistes working in India, has found a supporter in BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who had last year compared Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The politician drew the comparison following the ‘Dilwale’ actor’s comments about ‘extreme intolerance’ in India.

The Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, has asserted that India’s fight is against terrorism and not against any particular form of art, while extending his support to the ‘Sultan’ actor.

In a statement, Adityanath said, "Our fight is not against art and culture, it is against terrorism."

Salman had invited backlash from various quarters after he expressed his opinion on the current row over Pakistani artistes working in India at an event in Delhi last Friday (Sept. 30).

The actor had said that Pakistani artistes are not terrorists and that they are provided the visa and work permits by Indian government. Art and culture should not be mixed with terrorism, Salman has stated.

Following his statement, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray lashed out at Salman saying that if he doesn't stop favouring and supporting Pakistani artistes then their party won't allow his films to release in India. The MNS leader also said that his friendship with Salman is not above the nation.

Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande also hit out at Salman saying that he too should migrate to Pakistan if he has so much love for the Pakistani actors.