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Stop Padmavati release in Gujarat till polls: BJP

Stop Padmavati release in Gujarat till polls: BJP
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali-'s multi-starrer -'Padmavati-' has run into trouble - this time political - in Gujarat ahead of its December 1 release.

Ahmedabad: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's multi-starrer "Padmavati" has run into trouble - this time political - in Gujarat ahead of its December 1 release.

While the ruling BJP has demanded the release be postponed till after the state elections, the Congress has said if there is actually "distortion of history" in the movie then it should not be released at all.

The BJP on Wednesday wrote to the Election Commission seeking a ban on release of the movie till after the Gujarat Assembly elections on December 9 and 14.
The BJP claimed the movie would hurt the sentiments of Kshatriya and Rajput communities for its "wrong depiction of history". "Rani Padmavati never met Alauddin Khilji. The movie wrongly portrays history," BJP spokesperson and former senior Minister IK Jadeja stated.

"The state is set to witness elections and in such an environment it is imperative that there is no controversy related to any community and so we have approached the Election Commission for a ban on the release of the movie in the state," he added. Senior Congress leader and national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said, "With elections round the corner, a Minister from BJP has written to the Election Commission seeking a ban on 'Padmavati' till the elections are over. It is your government, write to the PM."

"Also just postponing the release will not assuage the feelings of a community. We demand that if there has been distortion of history as claimed, the movie should not be released at all," Mr Gohil told reporters. He said before arriving at any decision, there should be a special screening of the movie for select community leaders and cuts be made to keep their feelings in mind. The Rajput Karni Sena, which demolished the sets of the movie in Jaipur and reportedly hit Bhansali, has again warned the director to show the movie with facts.

Pramod Rana, the national convenor of Rajput Karni Sena, has said that they wouldn't let the movie release with wrong facts. Talking to ANI, Rana said, "We cannot give permission to tamper with the rich history of India. The only thing that we want is that Sanjay Leela Bhansali should show the movie to some of the foremost people of our organisation and tell them that we are not tempering any fact of the history. If he has shown some wrong facts in the movie, then he should delete that scene.”

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