New Delhi: Actor Akshay Kumar on Friday broke his silence on the fast developing discourse over his citizenship amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019. Taking to Twitter, the Padman actor tweeted a message with an exasperated tenor, questioning the need to point fingers at him.
His tweet read: I really don’t understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship. I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Canadian passport. It is also equally true that I have not visited Canada in the last seven years. I work in India and pay all my taxes in India
While all these years, I have never needed to prove my love for India to anyone, I find it disappointing that my citizenship issue is constantly dragged into needless controversy, a matter that is personal, legal, non-political, and of no consequence to others.
Lastly, I would like to continue constributing in my small way to the causes that I believe in and make India stronger and stronger.
For long Kumar holding a Canadian passport has been used as fodder to rouse debates during elections. Akshay, who recently grabbed headlines for his “non-political” interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was widely trolled for not casting his vote on Monday.
“Chaliye, chaliye (let’s go, let’s go)” is how Akshay responded when at a special screening of the film “Blank” on Tuesday, a media person asked him about giving voting a miss.
He then walked away.
Akshay was one of the prominent Bollywood celebrities whom Modi had tagged in a tweet, asking him to encourage voting. And the actor had duly complied.
“The true hallmark of a democracy lies in people’s participation in the electoral process. Voting has to be a super hit ‘Prem Katha‘ between our nation and its voters,” Akshay had tweeted.
With IANS inputs