While we didn’t really get her views on Citizenship Amendment Bill, but the Panga  actress sees nothing undemocratic in the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government for sticking to its manifesto
By Mayur Lookhar
Kangana Ranaut at the trailer launch of Panga  in Mumbai
Usually she has a no holds barred policy, but Kangana Ranaut appeared a little restrained while answering a pivotal question at the trailer launch of her next Panga  in Mumbai on Monday, 23 December. A seasoned journalist questioned Ranaut about her views on Citizenship Amendment Bill, National Register of Citizens that has seen massive protests across certain part of the country, with quite a few film industry personnel, too, voicing their concerns over the controversial bill.
Kangana condemned the violence by rowdy protesters who caused damage to public property.
“Whenever you protest, the first thing violence .. (pauses). Only 3-4 % of people pay taxes. So, you have no right to burn buses, trains and create ruckus in the country. That should be looked into. A bus costs Rs80-90 lakh. It is not a small amount. We have people dying of hunger, malnutrition. So, it is not reasonable for people to indulge into violence,” said Ranaut.
A lot of people including few celebrities have deemed the Citizenship Amendment Bill as unconstitutional and undemocratic. Kangana though felt the criticism of it being undemocratic is unfair.
“I feel in the name of democracy, this is my personal view, we are still hung onto pre-Independence era. When our freedom was taken away forcefully. Back then going on strikes against them [foreign rulers], not paying taxes, it was cool.” said Ranaut.
While we didn’t really get her views on CAB or NRC per se, but the Panga actress found nothing undemocratic in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for sticking to their manifesto.
“Today, your (elected) leader (Narendra Modi) hasn’t come from Italy or Japan. The person who has been elected to power is one who has come from a small town. He’d written, spoken about it [driving out illegal aliens] in his manifesto, and based on it he was elected to power. Now if he is fulfilling it, then isn’t that democracy? You can’t be a sore loser,” added Ranaut.
The Panga actress didn’t want to digress from the event and so didn’t add more on the issue.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill has created a furore in the nation. Celebrities like Parineeti Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhaskar had condemned the attack on students of Jamia Millia Islamia by Delhi police.