Kangana targets Congress chief amid buzz she may join BJP

MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut on Friday hit out at Sonia Gandhi and said history would judge the Congress chief “for her silence and indifference”. This came amid a strong buzz in Himachal Pradesh, where the actor hails from, that she and her family may join BJP.

Earlier in the day, a video emerged of Kangana’s mother Asha, a former Sanskrit teacher, thanking PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for standing by her family “despite knowing we supported Congress”. Kangana’s late grandfather, Sarju Ram, was a Congress MLA from the erstwhile Gopalpur constituency of Mandi district.

“…History will judge your silence and indifference when your own Government is harassing women and ensuring a total mockery of law and order. I hope you will intervene @INCIndia,” Kangana said in a tweet directed at Sonia. She added: “Dear respected… Sonia Gandhi ji being a woman arn’t you anguished by the treatment I am given by your government in Maharashtra?”

On Thursday, BJP had organised a march to Kangana’s ancestral home in Bhambla village, around 155km from Manali, in a show of solidarity. While there is no official confirmation yet, sources said BJP’s Himachal unit has already indicated its eagerness to welcome the Ranauts.

Kangana’s mother has lately been active on Twitter. Most of the tweets from her handle, which was created only last month, are against Congress and Shiv Sena. At last count, Asha had just over 18,000 followers, of which around 10,000 were added in the last five days.