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  1. Ban demand for Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’: BJP President Amit Shah sides with right-wing Hindu protesters?

Ban demand for Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’: BJP President Amit Shah sides with right-wing Hindu protesters?

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah was asked today about where he stands in the row in which Aamir Khan's 'PK' finds itself in

By: | Mumbai | Updated: January 4, 2015 7:53 AM
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Bajrang Dal activists detained for attempting to vandalize Pratap cinema screening Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ movie in Vadodara. (Inset: Amit Shah; Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah was asked today about where he stands in the row in which Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ finds itself in – right wing Hindu outfits like Bajrang Dal are demanding a ban to be imposed on the movie for its objectionable content.

When asked about his reaction to the ongoing protests against Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’, Amit Shah said, “People have the freedom to do so (protest).”

Amit Shah was speaking during a press meet on talks being held with both PDP and NC over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

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A broken glass display of Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ movie poster during a protest at a cinema hall in New Delhi. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

Elaborating on the J&K situation, he said, “Talks are on with both parties. There has been no fruitful outcome (yet).”

“We want to form government in Jammu & Kashmir,” Shah, who was here to review BJP’s membership drive in Maharashtra, said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor has set January 19 deadline for formation of the government in the state where PDP has emerged as the largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member Assembly but way short of a majority. BJP is the second largest party with 25 members.

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When asked about BJP’s impressive showing in the Jammu region but not in the Kashmir Valley, Shah said the party had got 25 seats in the state which was a “sizeable” number.

“Please don’t present this in a distorted manner. It would be nice if BJP won all seats it contested in all elections,” he said countering criticism over his party’s failure to open its account in the Valley.

On the raging row over re-conversions and ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programmes by right wing Hindu outfits, the BJP chief said the NDA government wants to bring in a law against forcible conversions.
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“BJP is against forcible conversions. Once the law is in place, conversions will stop automatically,” he said.
He also expressed confidence that BJP will get a “full majority” in Delhi Assembly polls.

Shah, who was recently discharged by a CBI court in the fake encounter killing cases of gangsters Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, refused to comment on the verdict. “I will not comment on this issue, my lawyers and party will,” he said.

Hindu outfits protest against Aamir Khan movie 'PK’ at Delite Cinema Hall in New Delhi. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Hindu outfits protest against Aamir Khan movie ‘PK’ at Delite Cinema Hall in New Delhi. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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    Prahari
    Jan 3, 2015 at 2:35 pm
    The present Hindu society are so much sensitive n afraid of Muslim and Islam that HINDU always seems to be in compromising mood.
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      Ajit A
      Jan 5, 2015 at 9:03 am
      o, There is nothing wrong with movie its a very strong message he convey and the script and movie was excellent and enjoyable All those uneducated and non liberal people try to harm the industry and movie please stop this and enjoy the good work .. Thanks
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        Ajit A
        Jan 5, 2015 at 9:03 am
        o, There is nothing wrong with movie its a very strong message he convey and the script and movie was excellent and enjoyable All those uneducated and non liberal people try to harm the industry and movie please stop this and enjoy the good work .. Thanks
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          Anup
          Jan 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm
          It's a shame that no Hindu producer has the gumption to give a ing reply by making a film similar to PK with tables reversed!
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            Arvind
            Jan 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm
            Veena Malik , her husband and the producer of the show in stan were sentenced for 26 years in jail for allowing a group who sung a song which includes names of Muslim prophet..... And we in India....tolerate all this and dont say anything which hurt sentiments of religions....
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            1. Amit Kumar
              Jan 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm
              what bs is this . Your have right to protest and vandalize theaters ? Go and vandalize your home ..theaters and pk posters are not your property to vandalize.
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                Gopi
                Jan 4, 2015 at 7:43 am
                The movie actually hits the hindu religion where it hurts the most, A statue is not God!. Several of Amitabh's movie has scenes where Amitabh is criticizing hindu god giving remark as 'what can an idol statue do good for you?' When will hindi religion wake up to reality? 'isnt it time now? except truth.
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                  Sanjay
                  Jan 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm
                  Even the name "PK" stands for short form of stan
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                    honesty
                    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:45 am
                    RSS is not a proxy for hinduism. I am a proud hindu and regard it as a great religion because it does not preach praying 5 times a day, or visting a shrine every sunday. It is imilative and flexible and not enforcing. Again I repeat RSS etc are not proxy for hinduism. So the question is why does Amir Khan attack hinduism. Simply because it sells. If tolerance is the flavor of our times, let Satanic verses and Viswaroopam be subsidised or tax free. I strongly believe film industry does not comprise of intelligentia, and are there to make money not for upliftment of society. Neither does Amir Khan have any intellectual credentials. Anyways, if you really want to uplift society, go after those religious aspects that kill. WORSHIPPING A SHIV LINGA DOES NOT TAKE A HUMAN LIFE, TERRORISM DOES. Why don't RajuAmir combo go after that
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                      Tanjil
                      Jan 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm
                      Aamir Khan have committed most serious crime blasphemy for which Venna Malik and her Husband in stan sentenced to 26 years jail terms. All India people from all sort of cles are protesting against Aamir Khan by condemn him as Pk = (stan Kaa Kuttaa) plus Aamir Khan Murdabad!!! It clearly shows how severe outrages are going on Indian religion follower common people's mind and definitely he must serves punishment and PK must be banned to make a great sign of punishment for all Bollywood film maker to follow and learn how to keep respect towards religion when making a cinema in future. Its not only Aamir Khan but there are two more s are residing India one is the director Hirani and the producer Vidho who shares the blame of same serious offense blasphemy by disrespecting & abusing their own highly respected religion Hinduism!!! But as this is India not stan, so this blasphemy offense is not taken so seriously, specially if someone goes against Hindu religion. That's why these 3 s (Aamir, Hirani & Vidho) has remain in safe position still and rest sure Jagat Jahanami (ka) may not be blame for any blasphemy offenses even though she pla the lead actress role in PK movie.
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                        Kinjan
                        Jan 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm
                        Requesting leaders like Amit Shah to not put their opinions in these matters. This is because there are both sides of people at large level, supporting & unsupporting the film. BJP as a major party should not get bad impression from people because of these opinions.
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                        1. Ravindran Kokkaramath K V
                          Jan 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                          So your problem is Aamir Khan, not the film or its producer and Director. Excellent
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                            Raju
                            Jan 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm
                            “People have the freedom to do so (protest).” What is wrong with the comment? The paper is a toilet paper - full of muck...yuck...what an atude.
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                            1. RAHUL M
                              Jan 3, 2015 at 8:59 am
                              BJP should be banned
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                              1. RAHUL M
                                Jan 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm
                                not literally..i actually had to google the word sodomized..good choice by the way.e on dude,we are all losers here..we will get "SODOMIZED" no matter whoever is governing us..
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                                1. RAHUL M
                                  Jan 3, 2015 at 7:32 pm
                                  not literally..but come on dude,we are all losers here..... being ed up by whoever is governing us..i say ban them all..i have liked your comment by the way..i dont wish enter into a keyboard war with you and waste both of our time..cheers
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                                  1. RAHUL M
                                    Jan 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm
                                    not literally..i actually had to google the word sodomized..good choice by the way.e on dude,we are all losers here..we will get "SODOMIZED" no matter whoever is governing us..what the heck.i say ban everyone..cheers..
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                                      Rajesh
                                      Jan 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm
                                      Have BJPwallahs sodomized you that you are demanding its ban?
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                                        Vimalsp
                                        Jan 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm
                                        Hi Shri, You are right. The headline has a '?' which means that the public needs to decide. However, if you check the links leading to this news article, the '?' is missing. ( check the google news page). Thus, leading to the judgement being ped. Now, that is misleading statement and irresponsible journalism too
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                                          Vimalsp
                                          Jan 3, 2015 at 11:50 am
                                          This is irresponsible news reporting!!! The comment made by Amit Shah versus your headlines is very different. Shah has commented on the Indian law which says that people have the right to protest ( note that he is silent on it being vilent or not). But your headlines says he is siding with the Hindu outfit!!! How ridiculous!!! You need to b sued for giving mis-information to the public. It is shameful you resort to such things
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                                            Vimalsp
                                            Jan 3, 2015 at 11:50 am
                                            This is irresponsible news reporting!!! The comment made by Amit Shah versus your headlines is very different. Shah has commented on the Indian law which says that people have the right to protest ( note that he is silent on it being violent or not). But your headlines says he is siding with the Hindu outfit!!! How ridiculous!!! You need to b sued for giving mis-information to the public. It is shameful you resort to such things
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