The Lok Sabha 2019 elections are already underway and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urging every citizen of the country to exercise their right to vote for a strong government. Everyone right from a common man to the big Bollywood celebrities, everyone takes time out to cast their vote. However, during a recent interview, while promoting her forthcoming film Kalank when Alia Bhatt was asked whether she would be voting this year, she replied in the negative citing the reason that she holds British citizenship just like her mother Soni Razdan.
Although Alia who was also tagged by PM Modi to spread the message of voting had urged the citizens to exercise their right, she herself will not be able to cast the ballot. Alia’s mother Soni had also received a lot of hate and backlash for her support to Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death on a train near Ballabhgarh in Haryana. She had uploaded a misleading picture and had requested voters to remember Junaid before they cast their votes. She had asserted that Junaid was killed because he was Muslim. However, this was false as the courts ruled that the cause of his murder was a fight over the seat-sharing in a train compartment. However, she soon deleted the tweet after she became aware of the High Court judgment.
These non Indians who are living off this land, using and abusing its people and its resources, lying about intolerance and spreading hatred, time to think about their agenda and not to get carried away with their provocations. https://t.co/FAwHChqopC
— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) April 14, 2019
Soni’s tweet received a lot of backlashes but one stood out in particular that came from Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel. Now, Soni has responded to Rangoli’s accusations and replied on social media once again. Check out her tweet below.
Landed in Japan and hadn’t looked at twitter for some days. As soon as I read about the High Court judgement I deleted the tweet. In any case this was sent to me by an organisation... it’s not come from me. My objective is to eliminate hate and not perpetuate it. https://t.co/ZrupQVqdI0
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) April 15, 2019
Urging people to vote against hate has nothing to do with citizenship and everything to do with being a human being. We are all human beings first and citizens of the world we live in. Secularism and democratic principles are values and it’s those that I stand for. #VoteOutHate
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) April 16, 2019