Gujarat is under extensive coverage by media these days. The upcoming state assembly election is scheduled in December where ruling BJP government find itself in defending position.
However, controversy arose around movie Padmavati has now reached to Gujarat. The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani banned the release of Padmavati. He said, ‘foul play with our great culture is not tolerated’.
On Monday chief minister said that “The government of Gujarat will not allow ‘Padmavati’ – a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs – to get released in the state. We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech and expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated.”
Gujarat becomes the third state to ban the release of Padmavati after Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Several Hindu militant organisations including Karni Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) protesting against the movie and demanding the ban. The militant organisations are accusing Bhansali for hurting sentiments and distorting history.
Going ahead, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy calls movie as a Muslim conspiracy against Hindu and claims the movie is funded from Dubai. However, BJP top leadership and the Indian government have maintained its silence.
Padmavati is in controversy since its inception. Earlier Director Bhansali was assaulted. Lead actors too received chop and death threats from right-wing militant groups and several BJP leaders.
Interestingly in a new development, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha added himself in the Padmavati row. Yesterday on Twitter he questioned Prime minister Modi and several cine stars on maintaining silence over the Padmavati issue.
“As ‘Padmavati’ becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan, and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments. And how come our I&B Minister or our most popular Honourable PM (according to PEW – American think tank PEW poll) are maintaining stoic silence. High time!”
The actor turned politician also said that he would speak about the controversy keeping in view the interest of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and sensitivity of the Rajputs.
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