Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said the ban imposed by the state government on the screening of ‘MSG: The Messenger of God’ was not permanent and it could be reviewed as the situation gradually normalised.
He added that the ‘tough’ decision to impose the ban had been taken in public interest to ensure maintenance of peace and law and order in Punjab.
The movie stars Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Recently, during a TV interview, Ram Rahim had said that he was confident that the Punjab CM would allow the film to run in Punjab after he will watch it.
Addressing mediapersons on the sidelines of his visit to monitor the progress of work on the School for Meritorious Students and other projects in and around Bathinda, the CM said, “We are not against any particular sect, but at the same time, we are equally duty-bound to maintain law and order across the state.”
On the sacking of Balwant Singh Nandgarh as Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar, the chief minister said that he was “not even remotely connected” with the issue as the appointment and removal of any jathedar of Takht was in the domain of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
To another question, he said there was no question of postponing the civic body elections as it was obligatory on the part of state government to hold these on the schedule as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court.