Shah Rukh Khan’s promotional train journey took a controversial turn after the accidental demise of social activist Farid Khan Pathan in Vadodara.
BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Manoj Tiwari have slammed the actor for the incident.
Vijayvargiya targeted the superstar virtually comparing him with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. He commented:
If Dawood Ibrahim comes on street, there would be a crowd to see him … You can’t gauge the popularity on the basis of crowd. I will not comment further… People have understood what it means.
Also, He gave the incident a political twist on Tuesday when he tweeted an image reading:
If one is ‘kaabil’, even a ‘chaiwalah’ can become a Prime Minister. Otherwise even a ‘raees’ born with a silver spoon wears torn clothes.”
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) January 24, 2017
This is the second time when the politician attempted defaming SRK. He has previously twitted on January 21:
Now it’s the turn of the country’s ‘kaabil’ citizens. No ‘raees’ can take away merit from the ‘kaabil’.
The Raees that couldn’t be of its own country is of no good, and we should all support a ‘kaabil’ patriot.
On the other hand, Manoj Tiwari demanded the actor to compensate the family of the deceased.
I appeal to brother Shah Rukh Khan to come forward and compensate the family properly who died at Vadodara railway station on Monday, and also condole with them as it all happened in his gathering.
Shah Rukh addressed the media when he reached Hazrat Nizamuddin station. He was saddened by the incident and praying that the family of the deceased stays strong. He said:
One of our colleagues was travelling with us. Her uncle came to see her at Vadodara. He suffered a cardiac arrest. It was really unfortunate.
Journalist Samina Shaikh is niece of the deceased. She was travelling with the “Raees” team at the time. In a statement released by the film’s team, Samina said:
It’s unfortunate that my uncle lost his life due to suffocation in the crowd as he was a heart patient.
However, Shah Rukh Khan and his team made sure that my mother and I reach safely to my uncle’s funeral. We got down at Ratlam and Shah Rukh’s team arranged a car for us to Vadodara to attend my uncle’s burial.
While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Manoj Tiwari attempted playing dirty politics over the issue. Here is what the deceased’s mother said in the statement:
We have nothing against Shah Rukh Khan as he is not at fault.
He is also like my son… The incident has nothing to do with the ‘Raees’ promotional event. My son fell prey to the crowd and succumbed to death due to suffocation. All we want is prayers from everyone for my son.