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'There's a concerted conspiracy to hound dissenters'

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July 31, 2016 16:45 IST
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The Congress on Sunday attacked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over his jibe against actor Aamir Khan, accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of ‘concerted conspiracy’ to hound Dalits, minorities, writers, actors and whoever dissents against the Narendra Modi government.

‘Shameful that @manoharparrikar threatens ‘teaching a lesson’ to ‘actors’, instead of training his guns elsewhere,’ Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala tweeted.

He said it was a ‘shocking revelation’ by Parrikar and showed that the BJP and RSS supporters actively disrupted and sabotaged an online trading company on Aamir Khan issue.

‘Scandalous,’ he tweeted questioning whether Parrikar’s job is to protect India from external aggressors like Pakistan or threaten fellow countrymen.

‘@manoharparrikar’s statement proves a concerted conspiracy to curb all dissent, hound Dalits & Minorities. Can this be the ‘Raj Dharma’?’ he tweeted.

Later in a statement to the media, he alleged that Parrikar has ‘unknowingly’ exposed the conspiracy through which the BJP people targeted the online company, booked orders and cancelled in pursuance of a conspiracy to ensure that Aamir Khan was removed as its brand ambassador.

He said the incident ‘now established that there is a concerted conspiracy against poor, the Dalits, the minorities, artists, actors and anybody who dissents against the Modi government’.

Parrikar had reportedly said on Saturday that anyone speaking against the country must be ‘taught a lesson’ and had referred to alleged anti-national sloganeering at the Jawaharlal Nehru University earlier this year and remarks by an ‘actor’ who ‘had said that his wife wants to live out of India’.

Khan had late last year spoken about a ‘sense of insecurity’ resulting from increasing intolerance in the country, and mentioned his wife Kiran Rao’s apprehensions about the future of their child in India.

According to Parrikar, when the actor made the statement last year, many people had protested against his remark and even uninstalled the mobile application of an online shopping site he was associated with, while the firm had also pulled out the advertisement featuring him.

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