'Big admirer of Deepika Padukone, condemn trolls': BJP's Babul SupriyoJanuary 15, 2020 08:28
Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo said Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone meeting a specific group of students on the JNU campus and "ignoring" others in the midst of promotion of her film "Chhapaak", has "not gone down well" with some people.
Supriyo said the names of some members of the group the actor had met with, have now surfaced as accused (in connection with the violence in the varsity).
Addressing reporters, the BJP leader also slammed the trolls for making derogatory remarks against the actor over her visit.
Ahead of the release of her film "Chhapaak", Padukone visited the JNU on January 7 to express solidarity with students who were attacked by masked assailants two days earlier.
The visit triggered a backlash from many netizens.
Addressing a press conference in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Chhattisgarh's Durg district, Supriyo also accused Opposition parties of spreading a "false propaganda" about the new law.
Responding to a query on Padukone getting trolled on social media, the MoS for Forest and Environment said, "I am a big admirer of Deepika Padukone. Even I have named my younger daughter as 'Naina' after Padukone's character in her film 'Yeh Jawani hai Deewani'.
"Nowadays people write and speak anything even if it is abusive on social media Deepika's visit to JNU and meeting those, whose names are now being surfaced as accused (in connection with the violence in the university), and not meeting the other groups did not go down well with some people," he said.