Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had founded the militant Hindu outfit, Hindu Yuva Vahini, before he was appointed to head the state after the BJP’s historic win in the earlier this year. He also earned a rare notoriety of being a chief minister, who faced criminal and murder charges.
Many felt that the man will give up his violent traits once he assumed the responsible constitutional post of Uttar Pradesh chief minister. But, his statements and actions proved such euphemism spectacularly wrong, while his critics were seen uttering ‘didn’t we tell you so?’
Amidst the raging debate on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padvamati, several death threats were issued to the filmmaker and its lead female propagandist, Deepika Padukone. The notable among them was the BJP’s chief media coordinator in Haryana, Suraj Pal Amu, who announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for anyone who could behead Bhansali and Deepika.
Far from being embarrassed over his colleague’s criminal act, Adityanath appeared to condone Amu’s murder threats. He said that Bhansali and Deepika were no less guilty than those issuing threats to actors. He accused them of “of playing with public sentiments.”
Adityanath said, “Nobody has the right to take law into their own hands, be it Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anybody. And I feel that if those giving death threats are guilty, then Bhansali is also guilty of hurting people’s sentiments.”
Padmavati is mired into controversy after Hindutva groups demanded its ban arguing that the film distorted the historical facts on the Rajput ruler of Rajasthan. Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Punjab have said the film must not be allowed to release. While the first three states are ruled by the BJP, Punjab has a Congress government. However, analysts say that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s statement toeing Hindutva line may be due to the internal politics of his party.
The Supreme Court has twice rejected applications to ban the film.
Meanwhile, Deepika has made it clear that there’s no scene of her with Ranveer Singh, who plays the character of Alauddin Khilji in the film. The Centre Board for Film Certification, also known as the Censor Board too has rejected the film’s application twice.
On Tuesday, Deepika pulled out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, that will have US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.