Very rarely you can notice Anupam Kher saying anything against Bhartiya Janata Party. His trenchant support for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is evident and the ideological similarity is world known. But yesterday, in a rare gesture Kher spoke against the party leaders.
Here are three incident when Anupam Kher spoke against the BJP:
1) Sadhvi Prachi, Adityanath should be thrown out of the party: Anupam Kher on Monday said that people like Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath who make ‘nonsense comments’ should be thrown out of the party.
“There are some people in the party (BJP) who speak nonsense, and ill-behave, whether it is Sadhvi or Yogi...they should be put behind bars, thrown out of the party (...Hain kuch log aise party mein jo bakwas karte hain, chahe wo Sadhvi hon ya Yogi ho, unko andar kar dena chahiye aur unko nikal dena chahiye),” Kher said.
“...But, you can’t play with the entire country and say that we have intolerance here (...magar aap pure desh ke saath khilwad nahin kar sakte ki hamare desh meyn intolerance hai,” he said.
He was speaking in Kolkata on Saturday at the Telegraph National Debate on Intolerance.
BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi have courted controversies in the past for their inflammatory statements drawing sharp reactions from several quarters.
2) Against Selection of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII President: Anupam Kher took on Gajendra Chauhan on TV channel debate, questioning his appointment as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India.
“Of course you are connected to cinema, but cinema has plenty of people that are connected to it. However, there is a huge difference in being connected to cinema and being appointed the chairman for FTII.” Kher has said disapproving of Chauhan’s appointment as FTII President.
3) When Shah Rukh Khan was targeted for intolerance: Taking a different gesture in case of Shah Rukh Khan, Anupam Kher has said that that SRK is a national icon.
“Some members of the BJP really need to control their tongue & stop talking rubbish about @iamsrk. He is a national icon & We r PROUD of him.” Kher has Tweeted for Shah Rukh Khan.