New Delhi, Jan. 18 (TNS): Coming down heavily on Indian government and BJP leadership, Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde and the groups that “attack free expression”, actor Prakash Raj said on Thursday he was “not anti-Hindu”, but “anti- Modi, anti-Amit Shah and anti-Hegde”.
“They say I am anti-Hindu. No. I am anti-(Narndra) Modi, I am anti-Hegde, I am anti-Amit Shah. According to me, they are not Hindus. Mr Anant Kumar Hegde, who says he wants to wipe out an ‘ism’, a religion from the face of this earth cannot be a Hindu,” Prakash Raj said.
“The person who supports killing, cannot be a Hindu,” he said.
The popular south Indian star’s comments during a session at the India Today South conclave here, drew a sharp reaction from the BJP’s Telangana spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao.
The BJP spokesperson stood up and objected to Prakash Raj’s comments on Modi and Shah.
“BJP per se does not come down heavily on who to speak, what to speak, where to speak, how to speak. But, the question is, when you are saying ‘they and us’, you are dividing already,” Krishna Saagar Rao said.
Those who are described as fringe groups, too, have a right to express themselves, he said.
“When you speak, it is freedom of speech, when they speak, it is fringe,” Rao added.
Prakash Raj also attacked the state governments that have banned the film “Padmaavat’ and groups opposing its release.
“These state governments are citing reasons of law and order. They should step down. Because, they are not fit to be there in the first place. Or accept that with power, we are arm-twisting. Then they should be sent out by us.