Swabhiman rally against Padmaavat in Rajasthan

Hindu groups want a complete ban on the film.

jaipur Updated: Jan 16, 2018 22:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi at the rally. (HT Photo)

Hindu groups in Dholpur on Tuesday organised a “swabhiman’’ rally, led by Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi, to protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which is scheduled for release on January 25.

Thousands of members from different Hindu groups participated in the rally to protect the image of the 13th century Hindu queen, Rani Padmini. They have threatened mass immolation if the film is not banned. Thousands of women were seen walking in the protest rally.

The protesters reached the district collector’s office where they staged a demonstration against the released of the film and handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister through additional district collector Harfool Yadav, demanding a ban on the film across the country.

Kalvi said that the Rajput community will not allow the film to be released across the country. “The community will stage protests in states where the film is screened,” he said.

“If the government allows to the film to be releases on January 25, then the day will be a black day. All states will be forced to impose curfew on the day of the release of the film Padmavat.”

He added that women from the Rajput community in Chittorgarh have threatened to perform jauhar (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government. According to Kalvi, 1,700 women have registered their names, addresses and consent letters from their families with the Jauhar Samiti in Chittorgarh.

“They have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the release of the film Padmavat.”

The film has banned in eight states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar and the Karni Sena is trying to ban it in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh too, he said.

All highways surrounding Chittorgarh will also be blocked on Wednesday as a mark of protest. He warned that in case the film is released on January 25, “Republic Day celebrations will turn into a dark day as there will be all chances of a war like situation in the country”.

Asked if Karni Sena members are supporting Congress in the Ajmer and Alwar bypoll, he said that “looking at the silence of the central government and to protest against the injustice meted out to members of Shri Karni Sena who were demanding a CBI probe into the Anandpal issue, the Karni Sena members have vowed to ensure BJP loses the ensuing by-polls”.

With inputs from agencies

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 22:06 IST