Union Minister Smriti Irani the BJP leader taunted actor Deepika Padukone over her visit to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) this week. Since her visit to the university, Deepika Padukone is been criticized totally from the ruling party of BJP members. The actor had “made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress party”, Ms. Irani said.
Mrs. Irani attended an event in Chennai where she was asked about Deepika visiting Delhi JNU college. She said,
“I think that anybody who has read the news knew where you are going to stand… knew that you are standing with people who celebrate every time a CRPF jawan is killed. I would rather know what her (Deepika Padukone’s) political affiliation is than not know… I can’t deny her that right that she will stand next to people who will beat up other girls who don’t see eye-to-eye ideologically in private parts. That’s her freedom.”
“She made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress party,” the Union Minister said. “It’s her right (to) stand next to people who say Bharat tere tukde honge,” Ms. Irani added.
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Deepika’s silent participation in the protest has been praised as well as criticized. Support for the actor pushed back against calls for boycotting her new movie. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, asked to react to his party leaders’ comments, “Why only artists, any common man can go anywhere to express his opinion, there cannot be any objection.”