In Mumbai to cast her vote, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut took a jibe at the Indian National Congress, saying that India is truly independent today; free from the rule of ‘Italian government’.
Kangana, who cast her vote in Mumbai during Phase 4 of the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha election, was asked about the importance of voting. The Manikarnika actress replied, “It’s a very important day. This day comes once in five years, so please make use of this. I feel India is gaining its independence in the real sense of the term today. Because before this, we were servants of Mughal, British and Italian governments. So please exercise your right and vote.”
Kangana’s dig at the Congress was not quite veiled. The actress used the word ‘Italian’ to speak of the Congress, the party that is currently headed by Rahul Gandhi, son of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi, who hails from Italy, took over the reins of the Indian National Congress after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and led the party for nearly two decades.
Speaking about her vote for ‘India’, Kangana Ranaut also attacked the Congress, “All our politicians who kept chilling in London… the state that this country is in, the rapes, the poverty, the pollution, the ecology… the ‘durdasha’, the state that our country was in during the Congress rule, it can’t get worse than that. It is time for our swaraj and swadharm. So we should be going in in large numbers and voting for India.”
Kangana, a vocal ‘nationalist’, spoke about her idea of the word at the India Today Conclave this year. “It is a misunderstood term. There are people out with daggers to attack those who say they’re nationalists. These are all ideas. They come from your environment. You need to know what works for you. In our country, the rich is super rich, and the poor are super poor. Nationalism is something that can help uplift them, but this might not be relevant later. Every idea comes with an expiry date. But it is what our nation needs today. I’m really passionate about it today.”
The actress last appeared in Manikarnika The Queen Of Jhansi. The film on the life of Rani Laxmibai saw Kangana stepping into the shoes of Manikarnika.