Allahabad, May 24: Six days after Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor trained his guns at the Congress, criticising them to name important places after the Gandhi family, the party named a Sulabh toilet after the actor.
Congress supporters in Allahabad protested against Rishi Kapoor and named a public toilet in Shivaji park area after his name, by hanging a placard bearing his name over the toilet door.
While reacting over the christening of toilet after his name, Kapoor ws quoted as saying to the Mid Day, "I am thrilled. At least I will be of some use to someone. These people (Congress loyalists) are of no use to anyone. I take pride in the fact that the Sulabh Shauchalaya is named after me because it is the Prime Minister's pet project right now."
"On a serious note, it really doesn't matter to me what they do. They seem to have not understood what I implied by my tweets. I have nothing against the Nehru or Gandhi family. I am against the people exploiting their family name. I have been trying to say that I am against how blindfolded these people are to such issues. I am not saying anything wrong or disrespectful of Gandhi or Nehru or their family members", he further said.
"What I am saying is of national importance; people should realise the folly of naming everything after two families. This is just an observation by a citizen of the country and I have every right to voice my opinion. I know I have ruffled a few Congress feathers but they have misunderstood my intentions", he added.
On May 17, Kapoor in a series of tweets, lashed out at the Gandhis, saying, "Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress. Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata link road. If roads in Delhi can be changed why not Congress assets/property ke naam? Was in Chandigarh wahan bhi Rajeev Gandhi assets? Socho? Why?."
He went on to add that important assests of the country should be named after people of have contributed to the society. "We must name important assets of the country who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? I don't agree. Sochna log!"
The actor further said: "Raj Kapoor has made India proud over the years all over even after his death. Certainly more than What has been perceived by politics."
On Wednesday, Congress workers pelted stones and shouted slogans against Rishi Kapoor outside his residence in Bandra in Mumbai.