SRK gets away as Cong protects him: Thackeray

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Targeting Shah Rukh Khan over the incident at Wankhede stadium, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray claimed today that the actor can get away with such acts as he enjoys "Congress protection".

"The actor was detained for four-five hours at a US airport... he was frisked. But he does not find anything wrong and keeps going to the US to get humiliated. However, in India, Shah Rukh quarrels with a poor security guard... he can do such acts and get away because he has the Congress protection," said Thackeray in the editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna.

"Shah Rukh is a good actor... but his behaviour at parties, public events is controversial. Recently Saif Ali Khan too behaved this way. Perhaps that's why the Centre gave him Padma Shri. In that case, Shah Rukh deserves a bigger honour... maybe as President-nominated MP," he said.

The editorial also compared Shah Rukh to other actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan. "None of these celebrities every get drunk and create scenes at such public functions. This is because they have a social connect and responsibility," it said, advising Shah Rukh that "instead of touching Bachchan's feet, you should introspect why his feet are still on the ground."

The editorial added that if Shah Rukh felt the security guards had misbehaved with him or his children, he should have complained to the authorities at Wankhede Stadium.

Criticising the Mumbai Cricket Association, Thackeray said: "Those who spoke of imposing a life ban on the actor ultimately settled only for five years. This ban may get reduced to five minutes. You never know... tomorrow MCA may face the ban."

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