By Muslim Mirror Network
On Saturday, Narottam Mishra, the home minister for Madhya Pradesh, referred to Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, and Javed Akhtar as agents of the Tukde-Tukde gang, a derogatory word that BJP followers had created to refer to the party’s critics.
The Madhya Pradesh minister made these claims due to the two actors and lyricist being exclusively vocal about issues in BJP-ruled states.
“People like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Javed Akhtar are the agents of sleeper cell of Tukde-Tukde gang who create ruckus only on incidents that happen in BJP-ruled states,” Mishra said.
शबाना आजमी, नसीरुद्दीन शाह जैसे लोग टुकड़े-टुकड़े गैंग के स्लीपर सेल के एजेंट है जो सिर्फ भाजपा शासित राज्यों में हुई घटनाओं पर ही हल्ला मचाते हैं, जबकि कांग्रेस शासित राजस्थान और झारखंड जैसे राज्यों में हो रही घटनाओं पर मौन रहते हैं। अब ऐसे लोगों की कलई खुल चुकी हैं। pic.twitter.com/fPpaTLKbzx
— Dr Narottam Mishra (@drnarottammisra) September 2, 2022
Azmi has been outspoken against the Bilkis Bano case, in which the convicted were released by the Gujarat government 15 years after being imprisoned.
“I have no words (for Bilkis Bano) except that I am deeply ashamed. I have no other words,” Azmi had said in an interview to NDTV.
Mishra, a BJP politician and minister, accused Azmi of remaining silent about instances that occurred in Congress-ruled areas.
“Shabana Azmi did not say anything about Kanhaiya Lal being murdered in Rajasthan or the woman who was burnt alive in Jharkhand,” Mishra said.
“The Tukde-Tukde gang or the Award-Wapsi gang do not see these at all,” he added. “It exposes their bad mentality. How can anyone call them civilised or secular?”
Azmi recently joined women’s and student organisations in protesting the decision to free the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case.