New Delhi, Jan 18: In what could trigger trouble for actor Prakash Raj, the national award winning artist on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, saying they were not Hindus. Also Read - Parkash Singh Badal, Former Punjab Chief Minister, Returns Padma Vibhushan Award over Farmers' Protest
Explaining his remark, Prakash Raj questioned PM Modi and Amit Shah’s silence over over statements by BJP leaders targeting a particular community. “How can the question of PM and the head of his party being Hindu be termed wrong when they chose to remain silent over statements made by one of their ministers against a particular community,” Prakash Raj said while speaking at India Today Conclave south 2018. Also Read - Navy Determined To Stand Steadfast In These Testing Times, Says Navy Chief
“They call me anti-Hindu but I am anti-Modi, anti-Shah, anti-Hegde (who had made the comment about changing the Constitution). They are not Hindus. People who support killing are not Hindus,” Raj said. (Also Read: ‘Would You Mind Saying Sorry’: Prakash Raj Attacks Government on Demonetisation) Also Read - Ex Punjab CM Parkash Badal Returns Padma Vibhushan in Protest Against Farm Laws; Centre-Farmers Talks Underway | LIVE
“When Gauri Lankesh, my friend was killed, some people celebrated the murder. These were people who were being followed by PM Modi. Then I say those who support violence, killing, are not Hindus,” he went on to add
Commenting on south film icons Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan’s entry in politics, Prakash Raj described it as a welcome move and said Tamil Nadu is witnessing a wave of change. (Also Read: If Lynching Not Terrorising, Then What is? Asks Prakash Raj)
Not For The First Time
This is not for the first time that Prakash Raj has openly criticised PM Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP. The actor, who has worked in several Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam and Hindi movies, had slammed the PM Modi over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru in September last year.
“My problem is that — who killed (her) is not important — but who is celebrating is clearly seen (on Twitter). Who is happy can be clearly seen. There may not be proof (regarding the killing), but things can be seen. Today through social media the hidden cruelty is known. We have a prime minister amidst us who is sitting with his eyes shut to this,” the actor alleged.
“I’m bigger actor than you, don’t try to act in front of me, please respect me as an actor. If you act in front of me as though you know nothing–am I a fool (to believe it) or are people or today’s younger generation fools,” he asked.