'Some people didn't like Deepika meeting a select JNU group'
Durg (CG), Jan 14 (PTI) Union minister and BJP leader
Babul Supriyo on Tuesday said Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone
meeting a specific group of students on the JNU campus and
"ignoring" others in the midst of promotion of her film
"Chhapaak", has "not gone down well" with some people.
Supriyo said the names of some members of the group
the actor had met with, have now surfaced as accused (in
connection with the violence in the varsity).
Addressing reporters, the BJP leader also slammed the
trolls for making derogatory remarks against the actor over
Ahead of the release of her film "Chhapaak", Padukone
visited the JNU on January 7 to express solidarity with
students who were attacked by masked assailants two days
The visit triggered a backlash from many netizens.
Addressing a press conference in support of the
Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in Chhattisgarh's Durg
district, Supriyo also accused Opposition parties of spreading
a "false propaganda" about the new law.
Responding to a query on Padukone getting trolled on
social media, the MoS for Forest and Environment said, "I am a
big admirer of Deepika Padukone. Even I have named my younger
daughter as 'Naina' after Padukone's character in her film
'Yeh Jawani hai Deewani'.
"Nowadays people write and speak anything even if it
is abusive on social media Deepika's visit to JNU and meeting
those, whose names are now being surfaced as accused (in
connection with the violence in the university), and not
meeting the other groups did not go down well with some
people," he said.
The BJP MP from West Bengal also said that people did
not like Padukone meeting only a specific group in the JNU in
the midst of promotion of her film.
"...Despite that if anyone abuses or uses harsh words
(against her on the issue), I condemned them. Use of any kind
of abusive word at any forum should not be done," he said.
Reiterating the party line on the new citizenship law,
Supriyo said the legislation is not aimed at snatching away
citizenship of people in the country.
He said Opposition parties like the TMC, the Congress
and the Left are spreading "falsehood" over the CAA for
Earlier, addressing a pro-CAA rally of the BJP in
Durg, Supriyo said, "An Italian translation of the new
citizenship law will be sent to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
and Chinese one to leaders of the Left parties, if they have
not understand its provisions properly".
He said Union Home Minister Amit Shah had clarified
all doubts of all parties on the CAA in Parliament before it
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