Bengalis And Fish: Paresh Rawal Gets In Trouble
NEW DELHI, (ANI) – The “Hera Pheri” actor recently came under fire for a statement he made during an election rally in Gujarat.
During his speech addressing the crowd Paresh Rawal said “Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi? What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?”
The comments did not go down well with many. The actor was accused of hurting the sentiments of Bengali people with his words.
“Bengalis don’t need you to “cook fish” for them. Remember you too have made your career in Maharashtra where we lovingly fed you dhokla & fafda. Withdraw & apologize for these despicable remarks you made against Bengal on orders of BJP in Gujarat,” said Saket Gokhale, spokesperson of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
A user wrote, “So Paresh Rawal openly spreads hate against us Bengalis for eating fish. Won’t the CM at least register a protest? Won’t we?”
Amidst the backlash, the “OMG: Oh My God!” Rawal wrote an apology post “Of course the fish is not the issue as Gujaratis do cook and eat fish. But let me clarify – by Bengali I meant illegal Bangladeshi and Rohingya. But still, if I have hurt your feelings and sentiments, I do apologize,” he posted.
That ended up aggravating the situation with posts by users on “hate” and “xenophobia.”