05/11/2015 1:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

NCP Supports SRK, Says The Actor Hasn't Said Anything Anti-National

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Khan, one of the biggest stars in the world's biggest movie industry, wept at a recent movie preview for Mumbai's shattered sense of security after militants laid waste to it in a bloody three-day attack. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

DEHRADUN/NEW DELHI -- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon on Thursday said that criticism of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan over his recent remarks on the growing intolerance was not right, adding that the latter had not said anything anti-national or against the government.

"Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his views, he has not said anything anti-national or against the government. He has just said that intolerance is on a rise. To make an issue out of it and compare him with Hafiz Saeed is not right. We should maintain peace and should not get angry over someone's views," Memon told ANI.

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had on Tuesday attacked the actor over his "extreme intolerance" comment, saying his 'soul' is in Pakistan though he lives in India and also painted him as an 'anti-nationalist'.

The BJP leader later retracted his tweets on the Bollywood superstar, saying he was 'misconstrued by some.

The Bollywood actor had joined the debate swirling around 'intolerance' on his 50th birthday, when he told a leading news channel that there was 'nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages'.

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