VIJAYAWADA: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has stood up against Supreme Court and questioned the wisdom of its directive that every one should stand up and show respect when national anthem is played in cinema halls.
The film actor, who has been tweeting against the BJP on several issues for the last wo days came out with another set of tweets on Saturday, on what he considered not patriotism. “A leisure evening to spend time with family and friends to watch a movie has been made into a testing ground to prove one’s patriotism,” he said, disapproving of the apex court’s direction.
He wanted to know why political parties shouldn’t begin their meetings with national anthem and why only cinemas and why not the highest offices in the country. “Those who preach and enforce laws, why shouldn’t they lead us by example?” he asked.
Referring to the attempt of branding those who do not toe the line of the ruling party as anti-national, the Jana Sena chief said that in democracy, differing with ruling party’s opinion cannot be labelled as anti-national.