After Congress leader and party’s candidate from Bihar’s Patna Sahib constituency, Shatrughan Sinha lauded Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his contribution in the Indian independence movement, senior leader of the National Congress Party (NCP) Majeed Memon has come to his rescue and praised Jinnah’s role in the freedom struggle, reports Asian News International (ANI).
Memon alleged that the whole uproar had erupted because Jinnah was a Muslim. “He (Jinnah) made a big contribution to the freedom struggle, just because he was a Muslim you are offended and are calling Shatrughan Sinha anti-national,” said Memon on.
According to the ANI report, the actor-turned-politician courted controversy for saying that "from Mahatma Gandhi to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, all are part of Congress Parivar”.
Sinha during a public rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara had reportedly lauded Jinnah along with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel for their role in India’s independence, post which he received severe backlash, especially over the social media.
However, Sinha later claimed that whatever he said was a “slip of tongue” as he wanted to say the name of Maulana Azad but uttered Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s name.