Jaya Bachchan hits out at Ravi Kishan's 'drug addiction' comment in parliament

Sonam Kapoor Taaapsee Pannu and others side with Jaya Bachchan over spat with Kangana Ranaut

Sonam Kapoor Taaapsee Pannu and others side with Jaya Bachchan over spat with Kangana Ranaut

In a strongly-worded statement, she expressed that "People in the entertainment industry are being flogged by social media".

Samajwadi Party MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan spoke out against the "vilification of the film industry" in the upper house of the Parliament on Tuesday.

"I think the government must stand by the entertainment industry as it always comes forward to help the government in whatever effort it makes. I completely disagree. I hope that the government tells such people not to use this kind of language", said Jaya. "Film industry is a source of employment for scores of people", she said.

Raising the issue of drug menace during the Zero hour in Lok Sabha, Kishan said that drugs are being smuggled from China and Pakistan and that there is a "conspiracy by the neighbouring countries to destroy the youth". Questioning her statement, Kangana had tweeted, "Jaya ji would you say the same thing if in my place it was your daughter Shweta beaten, drugged and molested as a teenage, would you say the same thing if Abhieshek complained about bullying and harassment constantly and found hanging one day? Galat baat hai", she said referring to a popular Hindi proverb that means to bite the hands that feed you. They come and speak for them, they support them. He also urged the central government to take strict action against the culprits.

Jaya, alleging a "conspiracy to defame the film industry", said on the second day of the Monsoon Session in Parliament, "People in the entertainment industry are being flogged by social media. They are still being harassed", the MP said, adding that there are many promises made to the industry but never kept. "I have too many things to say but you are not giving me enough time and opportunity", she told Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. "When Jaya ji joined, the situation was not like this but now we need to protect the industry", he added.

Kangana Ranaut retweeted Bachchan's video at the Rajya Sabha, writing the outlook that the poor should be happy with what they get needs to change. "Show compassion for us also", Kangana tweeted. The BrihanMumbai Corporation has also razed Ranaut's office in Mumbai over illegal construction leading to a fresh war of words between the state government and the actor.

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