Controversy has erupted over Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s statement that India is ‘real freedom’. Now the Congress has retaliated on the statement of the actress. Hitting back at Ranaut, Congress termed the Bollywood actress’s remarks as “sedition” and demanded that the government withdraw the Padma Shri award given to her recently for insulting her.
In fact, in a 24-second video clip, Ranaut can be heard saying, ‘Not freedom in 1947, but begging, and the freedom that was given in 2014’. She was speaking at a news channel program in which some of the audience can also be heard clapping on her words.
Reacting to Ranaut’s remarks, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said his statement shows what happens when these honors are given to people who are not eligible for Padma awards, India Today reported. Vallabh said, ‘I demand that Kangana Ranaut publicly apologize to all Indians for her statement, insulting our freedom movement and the sacrifice of our freedom fighters.’
Vallabh further said that the Government of India should withdraw the prestigious Padma award from such a woman who insulted Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sarkar Vallabhbhai Patel. If the government is giving them Padma awards, it means the government is promoting them.
At the same time, another Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinet took a dig at Ranaut, saying that his remarks were made by millions of freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh. It is an insult to the sacrifice made by the citizens. He further said that people like him sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country and someone here who says that we got this in begging, what kind of statement is this. They (BJP people) are fake pseudo nationalists.