Smriti Irani hits out at Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP denies insulting Rajput warrior

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Union Minister Smriti Irani has slammed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his reported ‘maharaja’ comments amidst the raging controversy over period drama ‘Padmavati’ directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Tharoor, on Thursday, had reportedly said that the “so called valourous maharajas” had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British “trampled” over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.

To which, Irani tweeted, “Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British? What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) and Amarinder Singh say on Shashi Tharoor’s comments?”

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Her commentsCongress leaders –Scindia, Digvijay Singh and Amarinder Singh– hail from royal families.

However, Tharoor on Thursday had tweeted in Hindi, “I’m dismayed that some BJP supporters are claiming I attacked Rajput honour…I spoke about the Maharajahs who made their accommodations w/the (with the) British. I have never made a communal comment in my life.”

As for specific concerns of the Rajput community, he said people’s sentiments must be respected in the interest of India’s diversity and harmony.

“Rajput valour is part of our history and is not in question. BJP and its censors should take these concerns into account,” Tharoor said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmavati’ is witnessing protests with some groups alleging that it tampered with historical facts.

The Censor Board, meanwhile, send Padmavati back to its makers on technical grounds. The censor board’s decision did not go down well with noted actor Shabana Aazmi, who sensed a political ploy to keep the controversy alive in order to extract electoral mileage in Gujarat.

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