Padmavati Row: BJP Leader Suraj Pal Amu Threatens West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee With ‘Shupranakha’ Like Treatment
Chandigarh, Nov 19: Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief media coordinator SP Amu on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the controversy regarding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati. Amu said he is ready to quit the party if required, but the PM and his ministers including Rajnath Singh must speak out against it and ban the film.
Amu was addressing protesters when he said that the PM must exercise his powers to strike down the film. He said he wants to send a message to chief minister Vasundhara Raje who had earlier said the film might be released with necessary edits, and claimed he will not let the movie be released at all.
Inciting emotions of the Rajputs gathered at the event, he said people from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, other regions of the country have come together to safeguard their traditional values. “If someone comes and insults our forefathers, our history, we will not tolerate that,” he said.
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“This movement has brought all our warrior queens on the street, all of them have gathered here, all our leaders here,” he added, emphasising that they will not let the movie be released, even after necessary cuts.
Amu also took a jibe at the Centre’s inaction in the controversy and said stressed the importance of the Rajput community’s contribution to sustain BJP’s rule. “To win elections, they used the Rajputs. To take care of the Muslims, they used Rajputs. And now, Rajputs are the ones being insulted,” he announced.
Addressing the crowd mimicking the Prime Minister and using similar form of addressal ‘Mitron’, Amu said he is prepared to quit the party if required, but Modi and Rajnath Singh must break their silence over the burning issue.
Amu also touched upon the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 and said the BJP is eyeing to win the state elections but the people there will decide whom to vote based on the Government’s action against the film. He said they want to help BJP win the elections, but the only condition they have is that a movie like Padmavati should not be released.
Bhansali’s Padmavati, reportedly a fictional take of the folk of queen Padmini irked the Rajput community since the beginning of production. The movie slated to release this year faced huge opposition from the community and a civil body associating itself to the community, Karni Sena.
Apart from calling for ban, the Sena, along with another body, announced a bounty on Bhansali. The Sena also said it will ‘chop off’ actor Deepika Padukone’s nose in a manner similar to what Ramayana’s character Lakshman did to Ravana’s sister Shurpanakha in the myth.
Amu also congratulated those who threatened the filmmakers and the actors and said, “Want to congratulate Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them, with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family’s needs.”
The Central Board of Film Certification on Friday sent the movie back to the filmmakers and announced it will review the movie. On Sunday, the filmmakers said there will be a delay in the release of the film.