Mumbai: The verbal duel between actor Rishi Kapoor and Congress over naming of country’s assets after Gandhi-Nehru family went up a notch on Wednesday.
Hundreds of Congress party members protested outside the actor’s residence in Bandra, raised slogans against him and abused him over his comment. They also staged sit-ins. The Congress’ response comes in the wake of Kapoor’s tirade against naming major assets of the country after the Gandhi family members.
Launching a scathing attack on Kapoor, the Congress said the veteran actor is not aware of the family’s contribution towards nation-building.
“Rishi Kapoor fails to realise the contribution of the Gandhi family towards nation building,” Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) chief Sanjay Nirupam said. “Some people say anything for the sake of power and due to their parochial attitude,” he said, attacking the 63-year-old actor.
“I have sent him a list of airports in the country, named after several important leaders from Maharana Pratap and Shivaji Maharaj to Lal Bhadur Shastri. Saying that everything is named after the Gandhi family is not correct,” Nirupam said.
“Maybe he is not aware of the pioneering work done by late Rajiv Gandhi in areas of women empowerment and panchayat raj,” Nirupam, a former Member of Parliament, said.
In a series of tweets, Kapoor had slammed the Congress for naming national assets after Gandhi family during their rule. The actor said the names of the prominent places should be changed after those who worked for the welfare of the country.
“Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress. Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata link road. Baap ka maal samjh rakha tha? (Did they consider it family property?). Â
“We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don’t agree. Sochna log!,” he tweeted.