AAP submits application with police on Kangana Ranaut’s statements

Mumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) submitted an application to the Mumbai Police today, demanding that a case be registered against film actor Kangana Ranaut for her reported remarks that India attained freedom in 2014 and what it got in 1947 was “alms”.

The AAP’s national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon termed the remarks as “seditious and inflammatory”.

The AAP strongly condemns the derogatory statement made by Ms Ranaut, claiming that India’s independence of 1947 was “bheek” and not real independence, Ms Menon said in a tweet.

Actor Kangana Ranaut reportedly said India got freedom in 2014 and in 1947, it got “alms”.

In another tweet, Ms Menon said they have submitted an application to the Mumbai Police, requesting action against Ms Ranaut for her “seditious and inflammatory statements”, under Indian Penal Code Sections 504, 505 and 124A.

Earlier in the day, BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi also slammed Ms Ranaut for her remarks, and said it is an anti-national act and must be called out as such.

He also posted a short clip of the actor’s remarks during a new channel programme in which she is heard saying in Hindi, “That was not freedom but ‘bheekh‘ (alms), and the freedom came in 2014.”

Ms Ranaut, who was recently given the Padma Shri, was apparently referring to the BJP coming to power in 2014.

She has sparked controversy in the past with her right wing comments and jibes at opposition politicians.

Kangana Ranaut made a statement about independence in an interview. Kangana said that if freedom is found in begging, can it be freedom? Savarkar, Rani Laxmibai, leader Subhash Chandra Bose If I talk about these people, then these people knew that blood would shed but they should also remember that Hindustani-Hindustani should not shed blood. He paid the price for freedom, of course. But that was not freedom, it was begging. The freedom we got was given in 2014.

After this statement, Kangana is on the radar of political leaders. BJP MP from Philibit, Varun Gandhi wrote on Twitter that sometimes an insult to Mahatma Gandhi’s sacrifice and penance, sometimes honoring his killer and now from Shaheed Mangal Pandey to Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, leader Subhash Chandra Bose and lakhs of freedom fighters. Hatred of sacrifices. Should I call this thinking madness or treason?

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