New Delhi: Times Now has issued a statement declaring that the news channel disagrees with Kangana Ranaut's controversial remarks on India's independence.
The actress, during an event organised by Times Now, said that India attained freedom in 2014 and what it got in 1947 was "alms." She was referring to the BJP coming to power. The 24-second clip went viral on social media.
The AAP even wrote to Mumbai Police to take action. AAP's national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon termed the remarks "seditious and inflammatory." Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor also called for judicial action against Ranaut for the statement. He tweeted that the remark is the biggest misuse of freedom.
On November 12, the TV channel released a statement on its Twitter handle saying Kangana Ranaut may think India got Independence in 2014. But this cannot be endorsed by any true Indian. This is an insult to millions of freedom fighters who gave up their lives so that present generations can live a life of self-respect and dignity as free citizens of a democracy.
BJP's Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi also slammed the actress for the remark and said: "It is an anti-national act and must be called out as such. To not do so would be a betrayal of all those who shed blood so that today we may stand tall and free as a nation."
The 34-year-old actor was awarded the Padma Shri on Monday. And Congress leader Anand Sharma said President Ram Nath Kovind should take back the Padma award. This is besides Varun Gandhi's comment that her remarks were either "madness or treason".
Kangana Ranaut has made several provocative and inflammatory statements. She was even suspended from Twitter for consistently breaking community guidelines.