Smriti Irani Takes a Jibe at Shashi Tharoor Over His ‘Maharaja’ Comment, Asks What will Scindia, Diggi Raja And Amarinder Singh Say News Desk
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New Delhi, November 18: A day after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor  courted controversy with his alleged ‘maharaja’ comments, Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday took a jibe at him and asked “Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British? What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, ccsay on Tharoor’s comments?”

Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia had also slammed his party member Tharoor over the ‘Maharaja’ remark and advised him to study history.  “I think he should study history, I am Jyotiraditya Scindia and I am proud of my past,” Scindia had attacked Tharoor.

Earlier on Thursday while addressing a literary event Tharoor 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.

However, after being attacked on social media, the Congress MP clarified his comments and said, “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 added.

Meanwhile the upcoming film ‘Padmavati’ has been facing protests from various group for allegedly tampering with historical facts. Yesterday, it was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, “The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”

Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.