Not a single person said my remarks were wrong, Manohar Parrikar says on comments about Aamir Khan
According to the defence minister, some people, who have sympathy for anti-social elements, are trying to spread hatred against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Days after indirectly condemning Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his comments on intolerance, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said many people told him that what he said was right, reported PTI. "I don't want to repeat whatever I said in Pune. If someone wants they can see it on YouTube. Till date, not a single person has said that whatever I have said is wrong. In fact, they said that whatever I have said is right," he said.
According to Parrikar, people who have sympathy for anti-social elements are trying to spread hatred against the Bharatiya Janata Party. On August 31, the Union minister had plainly referred to the actor’s comments made at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in November, saying "an actor made this mistake, said his wife wants to go and stay in a foreign country. That was an arrogant statement." He also referred to an "online trading company", purportedly SnapDeal, saying it did not renew its endorsement contract with the actor after his words created a controversy.
However, a day after making the statement in Pune, Parrikar toned down his veiled criticism, and said he did not mean anyone in particular, and that he was "just saying" people who speak against the country should be "verbally condemned".