New Delhi: Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh, son of late Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday reacted sharply to Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s charge that the ‘former Maharashtra CM  failed in his duty and was only concerned about getting his son a role in a movie while Mumbai was under attack in 2008’. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Deshmukh said,”Honourable Minister, you have every right to question a CM but it is wrong to accuse someone who is not here to defend himself.”

“It is true that I had visited Taj/Oberoi hotel but untrue that I was there while the shooting and bombing was happening as you claimed. It is true that I had accompanied my father but untrue that he was trying to get me a role in a film. He never ever spoke to a director or a producer to cast me in a film and I take pride in that,” Deshmukh asserted.

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He added,”A bit late, 7 yrs ago – He would have replied to you,” added the Bollywood actor.

Earlier on Sunday, while addressing an event, Union Minister Piyush Goyal had stated,“I am from Mumbai. You might remember the 26/11 terror attack. The then Congress government was weak and could not do anything. The then Chief Minister (Vilasrao Deshmukh) had brought a film producer outside Oberoi Hotel while shooting and bombing was going on inside. CM was concerned about getting his child a film role.”