Hardik Patel wades into Padmaavat row, wants Vijay Rupani to ensure film isn’t screened in Gujarat

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New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2018 6:27 PM

PAAS leader Hardik Patel today lent support to the calls for a ban on the screening of Padmaavat, saying the film distorts history and is hurtful to the sentiments of the Rajput and Hindu community at large. He has appealed to the state government to ensure that the film is not screened in Gujarat.

hardik patel, padmaavat, karni sena, supreme courtPAAS leader Hardik Patel today waded into the controversy surrounding the release of the film Padmaavat, seeking a ban on the film in Gujarat.

Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel today lent his support to groups calling for a ban on the screening of the film ‘Padmaavat’. In a letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Patel has appealed to the state government to ensure that the film is not released in the state at any cost. The PAAS leader’s comment comes at a time when the film is facing widespread protests by some Rajput groups, particularly the Karni Sena.

Contending that the film is hurtful to the sentiments of the Rajput and Hindu community in the state at large, Patel said that the film has distorted history and that it was facing protests. “It is our collective responsibility to ensure that nobody is allowed to ridicule our rich history. Queen Padmavati laid down her life for the honour of the province and women at large,” Patel wrote, appealing to the CM that the film is not allowed to be screened in Gujarat keeping the law and order situation in mind.

The PAAS leader’s comment came just ahead of the Supreme Court turning down a review petition filed by the state governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on its decision to overturn the ban imposed on the release of the film in their respective states. In a stiff reprimand to the state governments, the apex court today said that the issue had already been dealt with and that the state governments should ensure that law and order is maintained.

“We passed an order and our orders are required to be complied by all,” said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. “People can’t come and say law and order problems, ban the movie. Let us not come to a state where the exhibition of a movie, despite certified by the censor board, is crippled,” he added. Ruling on a petition filed by the makers of Padmaavat, the Supreme Court ruled that the film cannot be blocked and that it is the job of states to protect people and maintain peace.

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