Congress says Rishi Kapoor pleasing BJP to get into good books; Anupam Kher backs Rishi

"It was merely an attempt by some people to get into the good books of those in power," P.C. Chacko

The Congress has said people were targeting the Gandhis “to get into the good books” of the ruling BJP, after actor Rishi Kapoor questioned why important assets of the country were named after the Gandhi family.

Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko, however, didn’t name the veteran actor, but told the media that “it was merely an attempt by some people to get into the good books of those in power”.

Chacko said he had not seen Rishi Kapoor’s tweets “but it seems that some people are trying to abuse the Congress leadership just to get into the good books of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).”

“They want to please somebody in power. They can have it but not at the expense of the Congress. We don’t take it seriously and it is not worth any comments at all,” he said.

Rishi Kapoor earlier in a series of tweets deprecated the fact that previous Congress governments have named important assets of the country after the Gandhi family.

He said the present government must consider renaming the assets after those who have contributed to the society.

He asked why Delhi’s airport was named Indira Gandhi International Airport. “Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial! What say.”

Meantime, earlier on the day, veteran actor Anupam Kher has come forward supporting his colleague Rishi Kapoor’s views on going beyond political names while naming important assets of the country. “Instead of tracing political motivation in the remarks, one should take his statement seriously,” he said.

The actor stressed on the importance to recognise “legends” of other fields like arts, cricket and cinema. He also lauded the present Narendra Modi government, saying that they don’t ‘have any yojna (scheme) after any political leaders”.

While talking to news channel Times Now, Anupam said: “I am not surprised. I am happy that he said it. At least somebody as senior as Rishi Kapoor ji thought about it…I am sure a lot of people think lot of things…But puting it on social website needs a lot of courage. It needs not only courage but genuine thought. I think its very important.”

He also said that his statement should be taken very seriously as a very seasoned actor of our country, who has entertained millions of people all over the world in the last 30-40 years.

Appreciating Rishi for raising the topic, the “Saaransh” star said: “He has made a very important point and I am sure that media has picked it up because its important to be inconsiderate about other people. In that reference I would like to say that the present government doesn’t have any yojna (scheme) after any political leaders.”

He also feels it is important to honour other legends for their contribution in their own respective field.

(with inputs from IANS)