Padmaavat furore evokes public ire, BJP blamed for appeasement politics

Padmaavat has been given the certificate by Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC).

jaipur Updated: Jan 23, 2018 09:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajput community people protest outside a cinema hall against the release of 'Padmaavat' in Mathura.(PTI Photo)

Ajmer: Bhartiya Janta Party’s stand to not let the film Padmaavat be screened in theatres in party ruled states is not going down well among youth and educated voters. They blame the party leadership is playing in the hands of Rajputs to appease the community. There is an undercurrent giving a sense that people are unhappy about the way the government is handling the Padmaavat issue. “Some goons have taken hostage the civil society and are openly challenging that they will not let the film be released in the state”, said Monica Tak, a student in a government college in Ajmer. The government has submitted to these goons, she added.

“BJP, that has always blamed Congress for playing appeasement politics has itself started doing the same”, said Anil Gupta, a 3rd year student in a college here.

It is the primary duty of the government to uphold the rule of law, but despite Supreme Court having denied to put a ban on the film, it is the responsibility of the government to provide safe environment for screening of Padmaavat, said Mamta Sharma, a local resident. She added, “It seems that the government is only concerned with Rajputs votes, are we not voters?”

Padmaavat has been given the certificate by Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC). The film director has screened the film to some eminent people, who did not find anything wrong with Padmaavat. Then this whole furore clearly indicates that the government doesn’t want to offend Rajput voters, Gaurav Gupta, an employee with a finance company said.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 20:09 IST