Indian leader announces reward for anyone who attacks Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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A politician affiliated with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced an INR10,000 award for anyone who attacks filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a shoe.

Akhilesh Khandelwal announced the reward in a post on his official Facebook page which has over 10,000 followers, Deccan Chronicle reported. His post garnered over 100 likes in just a few hours.

Khandelwal told journalists he did not regret what he had done. “They (such film personalities) are trying to distort our history to show us in poor light in public. We can no more remain silent. We consider it our responsibility to rein in such forces,” Khandelwal said.

Terming his post “provocative,” the Indian National Congress, the nation’s chief opposition party, demanded action against the BJP leader. “Saffron leaders have taken up the role of moral police,” a party spokesperson said.