In a snowballing controversy over her claim that India earned actual independence in 2014 – when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power – and that the independence of 1947 was “bheekh” or charity, former Union Minister Anand Sharma said Kangana Ranaut’s Padma Shri should be “immediately withdrawn.”
“The Padma Prize for Ms. Ranaut should be withdrawn right away.” “A mental psychological evaluation should be carried out before handing out such medals so that these people do not disrespect the nation and its heroes in the future,” Congress chief Anand Sharma tweeted, tagging President Ram Nath Kovind.
Mr. Sharma accused Kangana Ranaut of disrespecting Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, as well as downplaying the sacrifices of liberation fighters like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad, in her comments.
The remarks were labeled “treasonous” by Congress. Several party officials have stated that she must apologize to the country and lose the highest civilian honor
Kangana Ranaut’s remarks at an event held by the Times Now television station were widely criticized. “It wasn’t freedom but ‘bheekh,’ real freedom came in 2014,” we were told in 1947 when India gained independence.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal has asked Mumbai police to register a charge against the actor. Preeti Sharma Menon, the leader of the AAP, called what she said “seditious and provocative.”
Varun Gandhi, a BJP leader, condemned the actor’s remark, while other BJP leaders sought action against him for making such a seditious remark.