Indian Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has alleged that Anurag Kashyap had received money from Aam Aadmi Party to show Punjab in poor light.
Nihalani, a known disciple of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, told Times Now, “I heard Anurag Kashyap took money from Aam Aadmi Party.” He further said that Anurag took money to show Punjab in bad light.”
An angry Kashyap responded saying Nihalani challenging him to prove his stunning allegations.
While speaking to NDTV, Nihalani, defended the Censor Board’s decision on recommending dozens of cuts for Udta Punjab while denying involvement of the Centre’s BJP-led government for his actions.
He said, “The centre never interferes with the Censor Board, there was no political influence.”
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said that Nihalani’s allegation against Kashyap conclusively proved that the his action against Udta Punjab was at the instruction of the BJP.
He said, “Pahlaj Nihlani’s statement makes it amply clear that he has stopped the film on BJP’s instructions.”
Pahlaj Nihlani's statement makes it amply clear that he has stopped the film on BJP's instructions
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 8, 2016
The movie explores the growing menace of drugs in Punjab. The Akali-BJP combine fear the movie will hurt them in the next year’s assembly elections.
Punjab is being ruled by BJP and Akali Dal combine under whose regime the menace of drugs has assumed alarming proportions affectiong hundreds of thousands of families across the state.
The BJP-Akali combine fears that the release of the movie in its original form will prove to be a proverbial nail in the coffin as far as it electoral chances in the state for next year’s assembly elections are concerned.