NCP backs Shah Rukh Khan, calls for peace

Dehradun/ New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon on Thursday said that criticism of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan over his recent remarks on the growing intolerance was not right, adding that the latter had not said anything anti-national or against the government.

'Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his views, he has not said anything anti-national or against the government. He has just said that intolerance is on a rise. To make an issue out of it and compare him with Hafiz Saeed is not right. We should maintain peace and should not get angry over someone's views,' Memon told ANI.

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had on Tuesday attacked the actor over his 'extreme intolerance' comment, saying his 'soul' is in Pakistan though he lives in India and also painted him as an 'anti-nationalist'.

The BJP leader later retracted his tweets on the Bollywood superstar, saying he was 'misconstrued' by some.

The Bollywood actor had joined the debate swirling around 'intolerance' on his 50th birthday, when he told a leading news channel that there was 'nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages'.

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