‘INDEPENDENCE IN 2014’: KANGANA CAUGHT IN TUSSLE, VARUN GANDHI AND OPPOSITION PARTIES SLAMS THE ACTRESS

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, popularly known for her right wing appeasing stance on social media has got herself in a new controversy. She was seen speaking in a video saying ‘India got real freedom after 2014’, referring to BJP’s national victory in the 2014 elections. The video has gone viral on social media and political groups have raged against the actress, a police complaint has also been filed in regards to it. 

 

The video is from a popular media event, where she states that what India got in 1947 ‘was not independence’ but “bheek” or handouts from the British empire. “Of course, what we got in 1947 was not Independence but alms. Independence is what we got in 2014,” she says in the clip from the event.

 

The Congress party has written to President Ramnath Kovind urging him for action against her and demanding the government to take back her Padma Shri which was given to her last week. The Aam Aadmi Party on other hand has filed a case against her in the Mumbai Police citing the comments as ‘sedition and inflammatory’. Aam Aadmi Party national executive chairman Preethi Menon tweeted: “Submitted an application to the Mumbai Police requesting action on Kangana Ranaut for her seditious and inflammatory statements, under IPC sections 504, 505, and 124A.”

 

The most noted criticism was from BJP’s own Varun Gandhi calling it ‘madness or treason’. Sharing the clip of her speaking at the event, BJP MPVarun Gandhi tweeted, “Insulting the sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi sometimes, respecting his killer sometime, and now the disdain for the sacrifices of Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and lakhs of freedom fighters. Should I call this thinking madness or treason?”. “It is an anti-national act and must be called out as such. To not do so would be a betrayal of all those who shed blood so that today we may stand tall and free as a nation,” the leader added. 

 

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