Congress questions Smriti Irani’s silence on Padmaavat

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Congress on Thursday questioned the silence maintained by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on the raging controversy surrounding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

Smriti Irani
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Congress leader and former I&B Minister Manish Tewari asked on Twitter, “Vandalism to ? STOP release of Padmavat is,despicable reprehensible&utterly nauseating. Ques-Why is it happening primarily in BJP ruled states after even SC has green lighted the film?Is something beyond Padmavat at play?Why is I&B Min not standing up to enforce CBFC clearance?”

Tewari’s comments came after Congress President Rahul Gandhi launched a tirade against the BJP blaming it for setting the country on fire. His tweet posted on Wednesday had said, “There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP’s use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire.”

Another prominent Congress leader and former finance and home minister, P Chidambaram, mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s investment pitch at Davos adding that ‘on the day when PM invited world business to invest in India, Ahmedabad was hit by mob violence.’

Padmaavat was released on Thursday, but despite the Supreme Court’s order, two BJP-ruled states, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh did not let the film hit the theatres. Both states go to polls later this year and the saffron party appears determined not to hurt the Rajput community.

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