New Delhi, Aug 1 : Attempting to corner Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his comments that those who speak against the nation should be punished, an indirect reference to actor Aamir Khan, the Congress Party on Monday said the former is in a way trying to expose the BJP and RSS with his irresponsible statements.
Congress leader Meem Afzal asked Parrikar to focus his attention on the incidents taking place at the border rather than joining the list of BJP leaders trying to divide the nation on communal lines.
"Manohar Parrikar must not include himself among the leaders of the BJP who were involved in separating the nation.
He is not talking against Aamir Khan, but he is imposing his mentality on others. The people understand what is trying to say. I think he should focus more on his work," Afzal told ANI here. "Today we are in danger with China, with Pakistan, border security is his responsibility... So, he should not give such irresponsible statements which show that he is trying to expose the RSS and BJP," he added.
After drawn flak from the opposition for suggesting that Aamir should be "taught a lesson" for his comments on intolerance last year, Parrikar yesterday clarified that his comment was not pointed out at anyone.
"I'm just saying that we should mount pressure, verbally condemn people who speak against nation," Parrikar told ANI clearing his earlier statement.
Adding that he does not need to name anyone specifically, he said that everyone can understand what is in benefit for the country.
The Defence Minister had earlier on Saturday said that those who speak ill of India need to be taught a lesson.
"People have shown their power, an actor made this mistake, said his wife wants to go and stay in a foreign country.
That was an arrogant statement," Parrikar said while speaking at a book launch function in Pune. He added that "an online trading company" the actor was associated with "was "taught a lesson" as well.