Don’t support boycott calls against Chhapaak, but people have freedom to criticise: Prakash Javadekar

Speaking to India Today TV, Prakash Javadekar said, “The BJP and the Modi government don’t believe in issuing boycott calls against people.”

The Narendra Modi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) don’t support calls made to boycott Deepika Padukone’s film Chhapaak, said senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar Thursday.

His comment comes a day before Chhapaak’s release amid boycott calls from various right-wing groups and some BJP leaders.

Speaking to India Today TV, Prakash Javadekar said, “The BJP and the Modi government don’t believe in issuing boycott calls against people.”

Asked about some BJP leaders criticising Deepika for visiting the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and standing in solidarity with the protesting students, he said people also have a right to speak their mind.

“If people have the freedom to say something, similarly these leaders also have a right to speak their minds,” Prakash Javadekar said.

On Tuesday, two days after a mob of masked men armed with rods and canes barged into JNU hostels and beat up students and teachers, Deepika Padukone visited the university and expressed her solidarity with the protesting JNU students.

Since then, many leaders in the BJP and the party’s supporters have been criticising her action and some have given a boycott call against her film Chhapaak that releases on Friday.

Meanwhile, commenting upon Sunday’s violence in JNU, Prakash Javadekar alleged that the spiral of violence was started by student leaders of left-wing organisations.

“Investigation will reveal who was behind the violence in JNU. There is a no climate of discontent against the Modi government. There is a calibrated attempt to whip passions by spreading misinformation,” Prakash Javdekar claimed.

Source: India Today

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