Mumbai: Maharashtra minister and Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar has attacked Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for her comments on Mahatma Gandhi calling her a “naachnewali” (dancer girl) whose statements do not deserve any attention.
Ranaut had on Tuesday once again sparked controversy with her thoughts on India’s battle for independence against British rule.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Kangana shared an old newspaper article and wrote, “Either you are a Gandhi fan or Netaji supporter. You can’t be both, choose and decide.” The newspaper had an old article from the 1940s with the headline, ‘Gandhi, others had agreed to hand over Netaji’.
Reacting to her remarks, the Maharashtra minister had on Wednesday said, “If some dancer girl (`naachnewali’) levels allegations against Mahatma Gandhi, I do not consider it worthy of a response.”
“Nine out of ten people badmouth her. There is no need to talk more about her,” Wadettiwar further said, adding that if someone spits at Sun, it falls back on the person’s own face.
In her next Instagram story, Kangana, who is known for her controversial remarks, said that freedom fighters were “handed over” to the British by those “who had no courage” to fight oppression but were “power-hungry” and “cunning”.
Taking a dig at Mahatma Gandhi, she added, “Those are the ones who taught us if someone slaps you offer another cheek for one more slap and that is how you will get aazaadi. That’s not how one gets aazadi, one can only get bheekh like that. Choose your heroes wisely.”
The ‘Panga’ actor said last week at a summit that India’s independence was a ‘bheekh (handout)’. At the time, she also claimed that the country got its real Independence after 2014 when the PM Narendra Modi led BJP government came into power.