<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court rejected a petition against ‘Padmavati’, but politics over the movie escalated as the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh said they would not allow its screening till “the controversial scenes” are deleted. Even the Congress government in Punjab backed protesters who say any depiction of romance between legendary Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultnate ruler Alauddin Khilji is wrong and insults the Rajput community.West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC head Mamata Banerjee, however, termed the controversy a calculated plan to destroy the freedom to expression and condemned “this super emergency.” J&K’s main opposition National Conference also wrote to CM Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release in Jammu.Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to act against those threatening actor Deepika Padukone for her portrayal of Padmini. Padukone and director Sanjay Bhansali have received threats. Bhansali was also attacked on set in January by a Rajput organisation.MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan told delegations of the Rajput community that his government will not tolerate any distortion of history. “Even if passed by the censor board, the movie wouldn’t be released in the state,” he said.UP’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the state government will not allow ‘Padmavati’ to be released in the state till filmmakers delete all controversial scenes and objectionable portions. The film’s makers have already deferred the movie’s release. It was release on December 1.Punjab CM Amarinder Singh became the first Congress leader to speak against the Rs 190-crore film when he said, “Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.Rajasthan has already asked for removal of the “objectionable” parts of the film based on a 16th century poem, ‘Padmavat’. Historians have been divided over whether the queen ever existed. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history.

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Politics peaks as states spar over movie