Speaking about actress Deepika Padukone attending JNU protests in Delhi earlier this week, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, "She made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress Party." She further said that people and her admirers got surprised by her attending the protests because they didn't know about her political position.
Smriti Irani speaks at the ThinkEdu Conclave on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the protests that have erupted in response to it. "It was not unexpected to us that she was going to stand with people who want the destruction of India. She sided with people who hit girls on their private parts with lathis. I can't deny her that right. She made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress Party," Smriti clarified.
On January 5, more than 50 masked people wielding sticks and acid, forcibly entered the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and physically assaulted students and faculty.