‘Withdraw Kangana Ranaut’s Padma Shri’: Congress after actor’s ‘Independence was bheek’ remark

Politicians across party lines demanded the government take back the Padma Shri bestowed on actor Kangana Ranaut after she triggered a controversy by describing India's Independence in 1947 as 'bheek'

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Politicians across party lines demanded the government take back the Padma Shri bestowed on actor Kangana Ranaut after she triggered a controversy by describing India's Independence in 1947 as 'bheek'

In a 24-second clip shared widely, Ranaut allegedly said India’s Independence in 1947 was not freedom but ‘bheek’ (alms). And we got real freedom in 2014.” She said at an event organised by a news channel.

Leading the charge against the 'Queen' actor, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma termed the remarks "shocking and outrageous" and urged President Ram Nath Kovind to take back the Padma award given to Ranaut.

"Kangana Ranaut's statement heaping insult on the courageous freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar Patel but also belittling the sacrifices of revolutionaries like Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad and several others," Anand Sharma said in a series of tweets.

Besides, Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said her statement has shown what happens when people who are not deserving of Padma awards are given these honours.

“I demand that Kangana Ranaut should make a public apology to all Indians because of her statement, our freedom movement and our freedom fighters’ sacrifice were insulted,” Vallabh said.

Another Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said Ranaut’s remarks were “berating and an insult” to the sacrifice made by lakhs of citizens, including freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

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