New Delhi: Under fire for his remark against Shah Rukh Khan, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya today withdrew his controversial tweets but asserted that Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor after Amitabh Bachchan.
“My intention was not to hurt anyone. I take back my yesterday’s tweet,” he said on micro blogging site Twitter this morning, even as his party distanced itself from his earlier remarks critical of the actor saying it was “not the view of the BJP”.
In another tweet, the BJP general secretary said that had there been intolerance in India “after Amitabh, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor. Some people have drawn different meaning from my tweet.”
Vijayvargiya had yesterday triggered a controversy when he tweeted that Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India. His remarks had come a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said what Vijayvargiya has said is “not the view of the BJP”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also come out in support of the Bollywood superstar.
“We have no problems with Shah Rukh Khan. He is a great actor. Undoubtedly people admire him. But what exactly Vijayvargiya has said I have not gone through it,” Naidu said.