Gujarat Cong to campaign against non-screening of Parzania
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Gujarat Cong to campaign against non-screening of Parzania

The party pushes to take this decision by the All India Congress Committee, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 22:27 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Gujarat unit of the Congress party has finally got out of its dilemma and decided to launch from Wednesday a public campaign against the non-screening of Parzania in the state.

The party was pushed to take this decision by the All India Congress Committee.

Afraid of deepening the communal divide in the state slated for assembly polls later this year, the Gujarat Congress was in a quandary whether it should demand screening of the film that is based on a real life story of a family whose son went missing in the communal riots in Gujarat.

But in an indication that it would first like to test the people's reaction on the issue, the state unit has handed the initial campaign to the Youth Congress.

"From tomorrow, the Youth Congress workers will demand that the movie be shown. They will also try to screen the film at certain places,'' Bharatsinh Solanki, pradesh Congress committee chief, told Hindustan Times. He said the PCC would also take up the issue subsequently.

Though the Narendra Modi government had not issued any diktat against the film, the Bajrang Dal's threat to disrupt the screening had kept it out of the cinema halls.

Besides its confusion over the Parzania issue, the Congress' Gujarat unit is also in a dilemma on the stand it should take on the Afzal Guru issue, particularly with the BJP putting up posters across the state demanding that he should be hanged for masterminding the terrorist attack on Parliament House.

"We do not know how to react to this issue,'' said a Congress leader, pointing to the risk it runs of alienating either one or the other communities in the heavily polarised state where even the riots have made it unsure of even the support of its traditional tribal voters.

At present, the party is protesting against the state government's "un-Gandhian'' decisions of relaxing prohibition and failing to exempt "Lage Raho… Munnabhai'' from entertainment tax.

Email Saroj Nagi: snagi@hindustantimes

First Published: Jan 31, 2007 22:27 IST