Shahnawaz Hussain Slams Deepika Padukone

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain (file photo).

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Patna: With the Sangh Parivar now training its gun on Bollywood stars coming out in support of students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who were terrorized for hours by men wearing mask and carrying homemade weapons, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Bihar Shahnawaz Hussain chimed in with his own two cents stating, Deepika Padukone, the star of many hit movies, should have thought through before standing in solidarity with leftist organizations.

Hussain, former MP from Bhagalpur, and the Muslim face of the BJP in Bihar, said that Padukone "should have taken proper cognizance of the violence" that unfolded last week at the JNU campus in Delhi leaving dozens injured, before extending her support to those who believed in far left ideologies, described by many saffron supporters as 'urban naxals'.

"It shows her one-sided thinking process of the actress. She should have taken the entire situation in proper context before showing her solidarity with leftist organizations," Hussain said.

Film star Deepika Padukone at JNU campus following last Sunday's violence that left many injured.

Earlier, a number of senior BJP leaders called for boycott of Padukone's movies saying she was supporting the 'tukde-tukde' gang (a pejorative hurled at anyone who was not a BJP supporter).

Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, who is also BJP's national spokesperson, however, tried to douse the flame saying anyone was free to go anywhere and have an opinion and any attempt to quell their voice or restrict their movement was not desirable in a democracy.


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