Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Naseeruddin Shah cancelled Ajmer Lit Fest event

Unfortunate: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Naseeruddin Shah's cancelled Ajmer Lit Fest event

The 68-year-old actor was supposed to deliver the keynote address
Gehlot said that the administration was fully equipped to deal with the situation
Shah in an interview had said that he fears for his children in this countryAs the ongoing intolerance debate stirred by actor Naseeruddin Shah gains momentum, with angry sparks flying from every side of the country, either with or against, the repercussions of angry statements and actions are pretty evident.
After the organisers of the Ajmer Literature Festival on Friday called off an event, which was to be addressed by Naseeruddin Shah, Rajasthan's newly elected Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday tweeted that it was "unfortunate" that the event was cancelled "amidst some news of protest".
Gehlot said that the administration was fully equipped to deal with the situation and to hold the festival peacefully.
"Our govt respects all rights & liberties of each and every citizen," he said.

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 Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Naseeruddin Shah


The events follow protests by right-wing groups over the actor's recent remarks on mob violence, according to a PTI report.
The 68-year-old actor was supposed to deliver the keynote address of the fifth edition of the three-day literature festival. Before the event, many right-wing activists protested outside the venue. One of the protesters also hurled black ink on the poster of Shah.
In a TV interview, earlier this week, Shah had said that he fears for his children in this country. He has reportedly said, "In some areas killing of a cow receives more importance than lynching of a police officer..."
Following his comments, popular actor Anupam Kher took on Shah saying that there is enough freedom in the country.

 Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Naseeruddin Shah cancelled Ajmer Lit Fest event

"There is so much freedom in the country that you can abuse the army, badmouth the air chief and pelt stones at the soldiers. How much more freedom do you need in a country?" he asked.
Kher went on to say that Shah expressed what he felt but that does not mean it is the truth.