Riteish Deshmukh responds to Piyush Goyal’s remarks against his father

In a statement on Twitter, without naming Goyal, the 40-year-old actor said that his father “never spoke to a director or producer to cast me in a film.”

Written by Newsroom Staff May 14, 2019 08:59

New Delhi: Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh, the son of late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, hit back at Union Minister Piyush Goyal for his remarks claiming that the former CM was only concerned about getting his son a role in a film during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

In a statement on Twitter, without naming Goyal, the 40-year-old actor said that his father “never spoke to a director or producer to cast me in a film.”


Riteish Deshmukh’s official statement

“I am from Mumbai. You might remember the 26/11 terror attack. The then Congress government was weak and could not do anything. The then Chief Minister (Vilasrao Deshmukh) had brought a film producer outside Oberoi Hotel while shooting and bombing was going on inside. CM was concerned about getting his child a film role,” Goyal had said while addressing the business community on Sunday.

The minister also termed the erstwhile UPA government led by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as a “coward government” for failing to respond to 26/11 attacks that shook Mumbai in 2008.

“Our Armed Forces were capable then too but the decision was to be taken by the leadership. The security forces kept hoping that they would be allowed to give a befitting reply but they were not allowed to take action. That was a coward government,” the Union Minister added.

BJP has made national security a poll plank in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls with its leaders referring to surgical strikes post-Uri and air-strike in Pakistan’s Balakot as an example of the party’s “zero-tolerance” policy on terrorism.

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