Padmavati row: Seconding BJP, Congress says won't tolerate distortion of history


This comes a day after the producers of the "Padmavati" deferred the release of the film on December 1, saying it was a voluntary decision and the revised date for the release of the movie will be announced "in due course" of time. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.

After Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced at a public meeting that Padmavati will not release in his state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also told the media that films that distort history will not be permitted to release.

Chouhan announced in Bhopal after a meeting with Rajput groups that the film has "distorted history" and thus can not be allowed for "release" in his state.

Meanwhile, the Congress termed the Chief Ministers announcement against the screening of "Padmavati", as "propaganda" for polarisation of votes in the next months Gujarat elections.

He said even if the movie is passed by the Censor Board for release in the country, it won't make it to the screens in the state. "This is propaganda being staged in the view of ensuing Gujarat polls with an aim to polarise voters", alleged Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh.

"The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves".

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The three chief minister's waded into the controversy after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and his Rajasthan counterpart opposed the release of the film citing threat of serious law and order problem.

Protests are a justified recourse in a democratic system, said Singh, who leads the Congress government in Punjab.

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus has been marred in a controversy that the film has "distorted" history of Rajput queen Padmini.

Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release.

"Several sinners came and went back after committing sin but there are still some like Bhansali", he said, alleging that the history of Rashtramata Padmavati has been tampered with "for the sake of money".