Vijayavargiya retracts tweets against Shah Rukh Khan

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya who had sparked an outrage after calling Shah Rukh Khan “anti-national” in a series of tweets, has retracted his comments on Wednesday, but continued to be on attacking mode against the actor.

The BJP general secretary in his recent tweets said that his earlier tweets were misconstrued by some, and that he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. He also said that he retracted his earlier tweets in which he had lashed out at actor.

“My tweet was misconstrued by some, I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I retract my tweets from yesterday,” Vijayavargiya wrote. 

However, in another tweet, Vijayvargiya said, "If India is intolerant, then Shah Rukh Khan wouldn’t have been the most loved actor after Amitabh Bachchan."

Shah Rukh had on his 50th birthday on Monday, said there was “nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages”.

“There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance... there is I think... there is growing intolerance,” the superstar said supporting the filmmakers and writers who have returned their awards protesting the killings of rationalists and the mob attacks on Muslims over rumours of eating beef.

Vijayavargiya’s latest tweets came after his party distanced itself from his earlier remarks critical of the actor, saying it was “not the view of the BJP”.

“We have no problems with Shah Rukh Khan. He is a great actor. Undoubtedly people admire him. But what exactly Vijayvargiya has said I have not gone through,” senior minister Venkaiah Naidu said.

The Congress, however, continued its attack saying the Bharatiya Janata Party was targeting people “who do not agree with the government”.

“Shah Rukh Khan is an icon of cosmopolitan India. He has the right to speak his mind as a citizen of India. The BJP can’t question anyone,” Congress’ deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said on Wednesday.

Sharma also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “tacitly endorsing the environment of intolerance which is incited by his colleagues.”