"The reactions to Aamir Khan's statement have given substance to the debate on intolerance in the country. To say that he got his wealth in India itself amounts to an
intolerant attitude. He got his money from his acting and nobody donated it to him," he told reporters at Karad in Satara district.

He said the comment that the actor could leave the country if he wanted to was also indicative of intolerance.

However, when he was yesterday asked about the actor's comments, while he was at Pogarwadi in Satara district to call on the bereaved family of Colonel Santosh Mahadik who recently died in a gunbattle with militants in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, Pawar had said, "This (the brave officer's sacrifice) is more serious than that."

Aamir had on Monday said he was 'alarmed' by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country, drawing sharp reactions from the BJP and sections in the film industry.

Khan is the ambassador of 'Incredible India', a government's campaign to promote tourism. The BJP had yesterday fielded its national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain to launch a counter attack on Khan.

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