Bollywood actor Raza Murad on Friday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti after she lashed out at him for his jibe on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and said that she was a C-grade politician, who was kicked out from the party.
"Whatever Uma Bharti has said about me, I would not like to react to this statement. She has called me a C-grade actor then I will reply this as that she was C-grade politician, she was kicked out from the party," he told media in Bhopal.
Uma Bharti earlier in the day criticized the actor, saying she is hurt by his remark and would take up this matter at the party's appropriate platform.
"I am really hurt that a C-grade actor standing beside the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister poked fun at Narendra Modi. I am surprised as to how did this happen. It is the occasion of Eid so anybody can stand beside anybody," Bharti told media in Nagpur.
"But I did not like that a C-grade actor poked fun at Narendra Modi standing next to our party's chief minister. I would raise this issue at the party's appropriate platform," she added.
Raza Murad had earlier today poked fun at Modi, and hailed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his spirit of secularism.
Murad standing alongside Chouhan, who had sported a skull cap while greeting the Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, said the other chief ministers need to learn from the Madhya Pradesh chief minister that wearing a cap does not affect one's religion.
"I do not think much importance should be given to sporting a skull cap as wearing it does not mean anything much. It was time that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi learns some things from Chouhan and does not show his aversion to skull caps," said Murad.
Modi had refused to wear the skull cap during his three-day 'Sadbhavana' fast in Ahmedabad in 2011.
Sayed Imam Shahi Saiyed had offered Modi a skull cap, but the latter had politely refused to wear it and asked him to offer a shawl instead.
The imam did so and the Gujarat Chief Minister was seen accepting it. (ANI)