There has been an uproar over actor and BJP leader Paresh Rawal’s statement that ‘fish will be cooked for Bengalis’. However, Rawal apologized for this on Friday. He said that he was referring to illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas during his talk. The apology came after the actor was severely criticized on social media by the Bengali community and some others.
Despite this, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra did not seem too impressed by the apology. He tweeted and said, ‘Actually the person who makes a joke doesn’t need to apologize. The other part of cooking fish like a Bengali is ‘having a mind like a Bengali’. More Nobel laureates than any other Indian state, friend….’
Controversy arose on this statement of Rawal
Rawal raised the emotive election issue of gas cylinder prices at a BJP rally in Valsad district on Tuesday. He said, ‘Gas cylinders are expensive, but their cost will come down. People will also get employment. But what if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you like in Delhi? What will you do with the gas cylinder? Will you cook fish for the Bengalis?’
The actor said this in his clarification
Clarifying on this, the former BJP MP wrote on Twitter, ‘Naturally fish is not an issue as Gujaratis cook and eat fish. Let me clarify that by Bengali I meant illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. Despite this, if I have hurt your feelings and sensibilities, then I apologize. It may be known that in the first phase of the assembly elections being held in two phases for 182 seats in Gujarat, votes were cast for 89 seats on Thursday. Voting for the remaining seats will be held in the second phase on December 5. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.
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