Mumbai: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has thanked Union Minister of State for Residence Kiren Rijiju for supporting him amid a row over his citizenship and has dedicated himself to the reason for the government-led fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.
“Thanks a lot Kiren Rijiju Sir, and I apologize for the delayed response. I’m grateful on your type phrases. Please be assured, my dedication to Bharat Ke Veer and to the Indian armed forces would stay regular, it doesn’t matter what,” Akshay tweeted.
His submit comes days after Rijiju tweeted in assist of the actor, who confronted the fury of trolls when his citizenship was questioned.
“Expensive Akshay Kumarji, nobody can query your patriotism. Your motivation to our armed forces personnel and the way in which you generated funds for our martyrs by way of Bharat Ke Veer programme will stay an instance for each patriotic Indian,” Rijiju tweeted on Could 3.
The controversy blew up as Akshay didn’t vote within the Lok Sabha elections.
Akshay holds a Canadian citizenship and had expressed “disappointment” that his citizenship concern is “continuously dragged into unnecessary controversy”.
He wrote: “I actually don’t perceive the unwarranted curiosity and negativity about my citizenship. I’ve by no means hidden or denied that I maintain a Canadian passport. Additionally it is equally true that I’ve not visited Canada within the final seven years. I work in India, and pay all my taxes in India.
He added: “Whereas all these years, I’ve by no means wanted to show my love for India to anybody, I discover it disappointing that my citizenship concern is consistently dragged into unnecessary controversy, a matter that’s private, authorized and non-political, and of no consequence to others.
“Lastly, I wish to proceed contributing in my small technique to the causes that I consider in and make India stronger and stronger.”