How has the film industry made a fool like Salman Khan their icon: BJP

Jul 27, 2015, 07:10 IST | Varun Singh

A late night drive-by on Twitter by Salman Khan is costing him dear, with the BJP the same party which had invited his father for an iftar party recently approaching the Governor with a plea to cancel the actor’s bail in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

Read Story: Salman Khan retracts controversial tweet about Yakub Memon

Protestors and police outside Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, whose walls had been fortified with spikes and broken glass earlier this month. Pics/Shadab Khan
Protestors and police outside Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, whose walls had been fortified with spikes and broken glass earlier this month. Pics/Shadab Khan

Late on Saturday night, the actor came out in defence of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is scheduled to hang on July 30. “Get Tiger hang him, parade him not his brother... 1 innocent man killed is killing the humanity,” Salman had tweeted. Most of his tweets in defence of Yakub Memon were in Hindi, used SMS lingo and were riddled with spelling errors.

The tweets kicked off a row, forcing the actor to tweet an apology on Sunday evening. He claimed his father (Salim Khan) called him and asked him to retract his tweets as they were causing unnecessary misunderstanding. The apology tweets, however, were crisp and in proper English, which led many to ask whether they had been written by his advocates or father.

Too late?
The damage, however, had been done. While the BJP’s youth wing planned a protest over the tweets, outside Khan’s Bandra residence, which was fortified recently, Mumbai BJP president, Ashish Shelar met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and asked him to cancel Salman’s bail.

Being silent: A lesson for Salman Khan

Ashish Shelar

Member of Parliament Kirit Somaiya will raise the issue of Salman’s tweets in Parliament on Monday. Niranjan Shetty, the chief spokesperson for Mumbai BJP, said, “Salman should know how to treat the judiciary. The decision on Yakub Memon has not been taken by a political party, but by the judiciary and, in India, we respect our judicial system.

Our judicial system is hailed as fair and impartial across the globe. Salman should keep all this in mind. BJP’s protest and comments reflect the feelings of the hurt citizens of the city and country.” BJP Mumbai secretary Vivekanand Gupta jibed: “Salman, of late, has been visiting too many courts for his alleged crimes.

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By now, we had all expected that he will understand how courts function. But he still wishes to behave in his immature manner. Being a celebrity, Salman should be more careful about what he tweets on such national issues, or else the people of India will never forgive him.”

Habitual stupidity?
Speaking to mid-day, Mumbai BJP president and Bandra MLA Ashish Shelar said, “After Salman’s apology, I have left it to the court to decide what should be done with him.” He also tweeted, “Stupidity as a habit is bad. But film industry has to introspect how they have made such a fool their icon.

Unintentional claim indigestible. He (Salman) is not only a convict, proven provocative nature. Continues to challenge SC, HC. Firm action should be taken, my appeal to court after apology.” Salman deleted the controversial tweets later, while his father Salim Khan’s phone remained switched off.

Caught in the crossfire
This woman, believed to be in her 60s, had gone out jogging when the protest was taking place outside Galaxy Apartments and got injured in the fracas.

Pic/Tushar Satam
Pic/Tushar Satam

A senior official from Bandra police station said he had heard about the incident but added that no complaint had been filed in connection with that until 9 pm yesterday.

The Controversial Tweets

Hang Tiger

Brother is being hanged for tiger. Aarrre whr is tiger?

Tiger ki hi toh kami hai India mein. Tiger ko Lao. Hum toh upne family per mar jaaaeen. Tiger tumhaara bhai kuch Dino mein tumhare liyeh

Phasisi ke phande pe chardne walla hai. Koi statement. Koi address. Kuch toh bolo k tum teh. Wah bhai ho toh aisa. Matlab. Ya khoob menan.

Kaunsa tiger kaisa tiger kidhar hai tiger. Samajh raha hai tiger. Kay soch k naam diya tha aur maina nikaal diya uus ka
1 innocent man killed is killing the humanity

Yaqub menon pe pad k coment karna

Get Tiger

Get Tiger hang him. Parade him not his brother.

Kidhar chupa hai tiger? Hey koi tiger nahi hai hai hai aur hum ek billi ko nahi pakad sakteh.

Sharif saab ek darkhaust hai k agar ye aap k aapke mulk mein hai toh plz iktila kar deejiyeh.

been wanting to tweet Tis fr 3 days n was afraid to do but it involves a man’s n family. Don’t hang brother hang tha lomdi who ran away

N no 1 Address him as Tiger ever. Does not deserve that at all. Hang that ........... fill in th blanks

The Apology

I had tweeted that Tiger Memon should hang for his crimes and I stand by it. What I also said is that Yakub Memon should not hang for him.

I have not said or implied that Yakub Memon is innocent. I have complete faith in the judicial system of our country.

Many lives were lost in the Mumbai blasts. And I have repeatedly said the loss of one innocent life is equal to the loss of all humanity.
My dad called & said I should retract my tweets as they have the potential to create misunderstanding. I here by retract them.

I would like to unconditionally apologise for any misunderstanding I may have created unintentionally.

I also strongly condemn those who are claiming my tweets are anti religious. I have always said I respect all faiths and I always will.


Members from the Mumbai BJP’s youth wing protested outside Galaxy Apartments in Bandra from 4.30 pm yesterday. Several people were detained by the police and let off later. The protest went on till around 6 pm.

According to the General Secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha, Nikhil Vyas, nearly 800 people from across Mumbai had gathered near Salman’s house and they protested against the actor as he had questioned the highest court of the country and should apologise.

“Just because he got freedom (bail) of a few days from a court, he shouldn’t start questioning the courts. We want his bail to be cancelled and we want him to be sent back to jail,” said Vyas.

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