Rahul critcises BJP, Digvijay slams ‘Padmaavat’


New Delhi: On the day film “Padmaavat” hit the screens and hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi condemned the violence surrounding its release, party General Secretary Digvijay Singh joined the protesters and said “such films should not be made”.

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial based on Rajput Queen Padmavati was released amid tight security in several states as a precautionary measure against fringe groups like the Karni Sena, who have denounced the film as a distortion of history.

Gandhi had hit out at the BJP after a school bus was attacked over the release of ‘Padmaavat’ and accused the party’s “hatred politics” for “setting the nation on fire”.

He, however, abstained from commenting on the movie based on 16th century Awadhi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem “Padmavat”.

“There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak.

Gandhi’s comments came hours after a video of scared children crouching in the school bus targeted by hooligans protesting the Bhansali film prompted nationwide outrage on Wednesday.

Hours after Gandhi’s tweet, Digvijay Singh came out against the film saying it “distorts the history”. “Films that distorts historical facts and hurts the sentiments of any religion or caste then it should not be made,” the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister told the media.

He is on a three month long self-styled Narmada yatra. The state of Madhya Pradesh along with Rajasthan and Gujarat has banned the screening of the film.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who also questioned the artistic licence of distorting historical facts in the movie, asked Rahul Gandhi to take a stand. (IANS)

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