Kolkata: Extending her support to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said no one has the right to ask someone to leave this country as this country belongs to everyone.
“No one has the right to ask someone to leave this country or go to Pakistan. We all are citizens of this country, India,” Ms Banerjee said.
She also lashed out at Hindutva groups, saying that no one has the right to kill someone for just consuming beef, as the Constitution of India grants the right to preach to each of its citizens.
“Nobody can say anything against them in this country. They will decide what we will say or not. Aamir has said something what he felt and what his wife told him, he just said that. He is being asked to leave the country. Who are you to ask someone to leave this country? This country belongs to everyone. This is our motherland,” Ms Banerjee said while addressing a rally of the minorities.
Mamata’s comment’s comes in the backdrop of countrywide criticism on Aamir Khan’s recent remark where he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.
“Kiran (his wife) and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be,” the actor said in an interaction at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism ceremony organised.
Mamata also criticised statements made against actor Shah Rukh Khan over his comments on intolerance. “They have criticised actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and musician A R Rahman. Who are they to decide what we will say or what we will eat?,” the CM said.
Ms Banerjee expressed apprehensions that the powers in Delhi might unleash CBI against her for her comments against intolerance and threat to communal harmony.
“If you say anything against them, they will engage CBI after you but you can’t shut my mouth by engaging CBI after me. They have threatened Mithun Chakraborty in such a way that he can’t even talk to me. He is an MP (Rajya Sabha) of our party,” she said.
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