Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday signed a petition to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for allowing the screening of the uncut version of the movie ‘Udta Punjab’ in the state.
Amarinder took to Twitter stating the Akali-BJP government had brushed the problem under the carpet by making it an issue of morality and integrity. “The government has failed on multiple counts to tackle drug proliferation,” he alleged.
Captain tweeted: “The Ban on Udta Punjab is yet another example of how the Akali-BJP combine has always placed its electoral interest above Punjab. It is a social issue, a law and order problem, not one of integrity or morality as the government would have you believe.”
Ban on Udta Punjab is yet another example of how Akali-BJP combine has always placed their electoral interest above that of Punjab (1/6)— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) June 10, 2016
In a statement, Amaridner said once he took the office as the CM, he would put culprits of the drug menace behind bars, no matter who they were and “finish this menace in four weeks”.
He said he had also written to the producers of ‘Udta Punjab’, requesting them to provide him uncensored CDs of the movie to release it in Majitha on June 17. “Since Majitha, like Mexico, is the epicentre of drug trade in Punjab, it was decided to release the movie there,” he said.
Amarinder said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also heads the Union Information and broadcasting ministry, was only shedding crocodile tears on the Udta Punjab row. “It is difficult to believe that the censor board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani was acting without Jaitley’s consent and knowledge as he (Jaitley) happens to be his boss,” he said.
‘Amarinder took U-turn on Majithia’
AAP campaign committee chairman and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Friday criticised Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh for befooling people on the issue of drug menace. Mann said Amarinder, who had earlier been shielding revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, has now compared his constituency Majitha with Mexico, in an attempt to show that he is against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader.