New Delhi: Actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal on Monday kicked up a row with his remark that author Arundhati Roy should be tied to an Army jeep instead of a stone-pelter, a reference to an incident in Kashmir where a protester was used as a “human shield” by security personnel against a mob.
“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy (sic)!” the actor-politician tweeted, taking a swipe at the author who has been a trenchant critic of the BJP and the Army action in the Valley.
His tweet drew condemnation from many users on the social media platform with some accusing him of inciting violence.
Paresh Rawal’s remark keeps Twitter abuzz
When a supporter suggested that instead of the Booker Prize-winning author, a woman journalist should be treated in a similar manner, Mr Rawal said, “We have a wide variety of choices!”
Congress general secretary Digivijay Singh hit out at the BJP, asking, “Why not (tie) the person who stitched PDP-BJP alliance?” Union minister Smriti Irani sought to distance the party from Mr Rawal’s tweet, saying “nowhere will we, in any way, support any violent message by anybody, against any individual of the country”.