Actor-turned-politician, Ravi Kishan, has accused Pakistan and China of the rampant consumption of the drugs in India in his speech in the parliament on September 14. Kishan leveled allegations against Pakistan and China while commenting on the burgeoning debate on the Bollywood-drug mafia nexus that garnered attention during the probe into the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case.
Kishan asserted, “A conspiracy is being hatched to destroy the country’s youth and our neighboring countries are adding to it. The smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and China is being carried out every year. It is being brought via Punjab and Nepal.”
Problem of drug trafficking/addiction is on a rise. Conspiracy is being hatched to destroy country's youth, our neighbouring countries are contributing. Smuggling of drugs from Pakistan & China is done every yr – it is brought via Punjab & Nepal: Ravi Kishan, BJP MP in Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/W1hODi1VwR
— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2020
He said, “Drug addiction is in the film industry too. Several people have been apprehended. The NCB has been doing very good work. I urge the central government to take strict action against the culprits soon. Give them a befitting punishment and bring an end to this conspiracy by neighboring countries.”
However, the MP of India’s leading political party-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received flak in the parliament as Bollywood’s veteran Jaya Bachchan stepped up to confront Kishan for his vitriol against the Indian film industry.
Kishan and Bachchan engaged in a fierce war of words. She said she was “really embarrassed and ashamed” by the comments of a Lok Sabha member on Monday. While voicing her disappointment, she said, they ‘Bite the hand that feeds them’ on Tuesday. She added that “But people who have made their name in this film industry have called it a gutter. I completely disagree,” while referring to the recent comments of actress Kangana Ranaut calling Bollywood ‘gutter’.
“I expected Jaya-ji to support what I said. Not everyone in the industry consumes drugs but those who do are part of a plan to finish the world”s largest film industry. When Jaya-Ji joined, the situation was not like this but now we need to protect the industry,” Mr. Kishan told the Indian news agency on Sept 15th reported NDTV.