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My dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah, says BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu who offered bounty for Deepika’s head

Suraj Pal Amu, the BJP leader from Haryana who resigned weeks after announcing a bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head said that he wants to slap former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah.Amu had offered a Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading ‘Padmavati’ actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, on Wednesday resigned as the chief media coordinator of the state unit of the party.”Now my dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah on Lal Chowk, I challenge him to meet me there,” Amu said.Also readPadmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party postStating that with a heavy heart, he has resigned from the post he had in BJP, he said, “I am pained at the behavior of Haryana Chief Minister. I have never seen a BJP CM so arrogant who doesn’t respect party workers and community representatives.” Amu, however, said that he will continue to work as an ordinary BJP worker.In his resignation letter which he forwarded to state BJP chief Subhash Barala over WhatsApp, Amu stated that he was upset over Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar allegedly skipping a meeting with representatives of the Karni Sena.At a function of the Rajput community in Delhi recently, Amu had said, “how can we allow somebody to distort history and mislead the people by projecting the heroic character of Rani Padmavati in a poor light while glorifying the villains of history. We will not allow the release of this film at any cost”.Also readSC dismisses plea seeking to stall Padmavati release, rebukes Chief Ministers
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SC strongly admonishes politicians for speaking about Padmavati, says it will prejudice CBFC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked people holding public office to desist from reacting on the Deepika Padukone-starrer Bollywood flick ‘Padmavati’, saying such statements violated the rule of law and could prejudice the censor board’s decision.Politicians of all hues, including some chief ministers, have recently made public statements, mostly against the film based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.”When a matter is pending for consideration before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), how can persons in public authority comment on whether the CBFC should issue certificate or not? It will prejudice the decision of CBFC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s filmThe bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, termed as “misconceived” and dismissed a fresh petition seeking an order to restrain Viacom 18, the maker of the film and others, from releasing it abroad.It said when the courts were not making any observation keeping in mind that the CBFC has to perform its statutory duty, persons holding high offices should desist from making statements.
ALSO READ Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni SenaThe bench asked the CBFC to take the decision on the certification of the movie with “utmost objectivity”.In his plea, lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThe bench expressed “shock” at certain objectionable contents of the petition and termed them “unwarranted” and “scurrilous” and ordered their deletion.The court said it was not imposing costs on the lawyer for filing such a petition as he was a practising lawyer of the apex court.It took serious note of the statements made by politicians, holding high public offices, on the movie which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, saying these tantamounted to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC.”This is not done,” the bench said, adding, “One thing which we must say is that when the matter is pending and going to be dealt with by the CBFC, no one, who is holding public office, should be saying something which would tantamount to pre-judging and may prejudice the mind of CBFC.” “It should be borne in mind that we all are governed by the Rule of Law,” it said, adding that when persons holding responsible positions say certain things on the content of the movie, it violated the rule of law.The bench asked Additional Solicitors General Maninder Singh and P S Narasimha to convey their views that such statements should not be made as they violated the principle of Rule of Law.At the outset, senior advocates Harish Salve and Shyam Divan, appearing for the producers, informed the court that there was no intention to release the movie abroad on December 1, as alleged.The petition had alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.Earlier too, the apex court had dismissed his plea seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from movie.Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had said they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally slated for December 1.The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena earlier this year.

Comparison with monkeys was meant for Nizam of Hyderabad: Paresh Rawal in apology to Rajputs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, after being castigated for comments he allegedly made about Rajputs, Paresh Rawal apologised. He claimed his ‘monkey’ comment was aimed at the Nizam of Hyderabad and not Rajputs. The Karni Sena, in the news over the protests against Padmavati, had warned Paresh Rawal over his statement.He said: “I apologise unconditionally to all the members of Rajput community. I don’t know why I spoke those words. I never intended to hurt sentiments of any community: Paresh Rawal on his earlier statement allegedly comparing royals and music with monkeys.”He had apologised earlier as well, claiming that the message wasn’t for the Rajput community but aimed at ‘Nizam of Hyderabad’.
ALSO READ Chai-meme row: Congress says PM Modi is a ‘serial abuser’, BJP says PM ‘most abused since Independence’‘My statement was not on the Rajput community. They are a splendour community in India and they make us proud. Nothing wrong will come out of my mouth against such a brave community,’ Rawal told the media. ‘If anyone was hurt by the statement I would like to apologise for it,’ he added.The actor-turned-politician, while remembering Sardar Patel at a recent rally in Rajkot, had compared the royals (raja) and music (vaja) to monkeys (vandra), which did not go down well
ALSO READ Watch Zee Exclusive | Paresh Rawal stands by tweet on Arundhati Roy, says no stone pelter will hit herRawal was in the eye of the storm a few days ago, when he wrote and deleted a tweet regarding the ‘Yuva Desh’s derogatory meme. However, he later issued an apology for ‘hurting feelings’.In the tweet that is now deleted, he had written, ‘Our Chai-Wala is any day better than tour Bar-Wala !’The 67-year-old actor-turned-politician was responding to the ‘Indian Youth Congress’ online magazine ‘Yuva Desh,’ where they tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi in conversation with U.S President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. However, later he issued an apology and wrote, ‘Deleted the tweet as it’s in bad taste n I apologise for hurting feelings.’With inputs from ANI and PTI

Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shree Rajput Karni Sena has demanded full ban on film ‘Padmavati’ in Haryana.The period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is heading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in Haryana, where the film isn’t banned.Mahipal Singh Makrana, president of Rajasthan unit of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, said, “When other states have banned Padmavati then why Haryana can’t. Maharani Padmavati was a Hindu Rajput princess. The Chief Minister is ruling the state due to bhagwa (saffron) power. If you (BJP) talk about Hindutva then you must respect the feelings of Hindus.” He demanded Haryana should impose full ban and not the conditional one on the movie.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: In a mark of solidarity, filmmakers to stop shooting for 15 minutes tomorrow”We have submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner to ban Padmavati in Haryana. We want 100 percent ban and not a conditional ban on the movie,” Makrana said.Khattar on Wednesday said Haryana will take a decision on permitting screening of film ‘Padmavati’ in the state after it gets clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s filmHowever, even the ruling BJP’s state media coordinator Surajpal Singh Ammu has announced a reward of Rs. 10 crore for beheading Padukone and Bhansali.Padmavati has been facing controversy since Sanjay Leela Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year. The director was roughed up by the Shree Rajput Karni Sena members in Jaipur and the film’s sets were vandalised.
ALSO READ Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questionsThe epicenter of protests is Rajasthan. The Karni Sena activists have upped the ante against Padmavati by staging protests in various parts of the country, covering Bangalore in the South as well.On Saturday, Police baton charged members of Karni Sena while they were taking out protest rallies against Padmavati film in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

Body with ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ message found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row and threats to actors over Bollywood movie Padmavati, a body was found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort with a message ‘Padmavati ka virodh’.’Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.A message ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’ was found written near the body.However, Karni Sena which has demanded a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film denied their involvement in the incident.”This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this,” Karni Sena President Mahipal Singh Makrana told CNN NEWS-18.On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena told a news channel.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.

Vasundhara Raje burns ‘disputes’ with Rajputs in Padmavati jauhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest against Bollywood epic Padmavati has more than what meets the eye. It carries political connotation rather than just being a social dissent. It’s a point on which Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has got an opportunity to show her solidarity with the royalties of Rajasthan and the Rajput community of the state. Raje didn’t miss it. She announced banning the release of this flick till the objectionable scenes are removed.This created a sort of bridge between royalties and Raje, which had developed fissures after the episode of Raj Mahal Palace last year when Jaipur Development Authority had take on the Jaipur Royal family by locking the Palace gates. It was then suspected that JDA had acted on the instructions of chief minister, that had created a ‘gulf’ between the royal family and Raje. That time all the royal families of Rajasthan rallied behind Jaipur Royals showing their solidarity against the ‘Maharani of Dholpur’. Even Karni Sena, a social outfit of Rajputs, carried protests against the government forcing it on the back foot. Diya Kumari of royal family despite being in her team of MLAs looked standing against her own government. The locks were later opened but that could not unlock the strenuous relationship, both of them sneaked into. The widespread protest against Padmavati just came up as a convergence point for royalties and Raje. All royalties including Jaipur Royal family put up a strong protest against screening of the film in Rajasthan. Raje echoed their voice of dissent. On this point, Raje, royalties and Karni Sena – all appeared to be on the same platform sending out message that Raje still has the favour for Rajputs.The harmony which Raje has shown for the royalty issue may win her back the confidence of Rajput community, which had cast a doubt on Raje’s role in the encounter of Anandpal Singh, a dreaded gangster from Rajput community. The ‘encounter’ of Anandpal , who was on the run, had united the Rajput community against Raje’s government. The community, which comprising around 8% of total population has a decisive role in the fate of few constituencies, especially in districts like Sikar, Churu, Jhunjhunu and Nagaur. The anger of Rajputs forced Raje to refer the encounter case to CBI for investigation, which was later turned down by the central investigating agency.Now that Raje has openly sided the community’s protest, BJP can win some political points, a year before elections. The door which seemed closed, now looks ajar giving the party the opportunity to woo back Rajputs to its fold.

Padmavati row: UP police books Thakur Abhishek Som who offered Rs 5 crore for heads of Deepika, Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of IndiaHe also said that efforts are being made to arrest the accused soon.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, has warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som. Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has also threatened that it will intensify its protest against ‘Padmavati’ if the film was not banned.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the Censor Board was yet to certify the movie.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Padmavati row: Protesters block Chittorgarh Fort, lawyer files plea against ‘objectionable scenes’ in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesters today blocked the entry to the Chittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.However, SP of Chittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort, a world heritage site in Rajasthan, is not officially closed.”We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation,” he said.Member of Sarv Samaj Sangathan and president of Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, Ummed Singh said, “A dharna demanding a ban on ‘Padmavati’ is continuing for the last eight days at Padan Pole. The Chittorgarh Fort will be closed for tourists today.”The Sarv Samaj Sangathan and some other outfits have termed a song in the film, which shows actor Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini dancing in a courtyard, “crossing dramatic license”.Meanwhile, a lawyer, Manohar Lal Sharma filed a fresh petition on Friday in the SC against the movie,seeking the removal of ‘objectional scenes’. The apex court has said it would consider the plea but refused to give a date.The Karni Sena had alleged distortion of historical facts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) managing director Pradeep Kumar Borad has ruled out any change in operations of luxury train – Palace on Wheels – and said the train would be operating through the circuit and will be going to Chittorgarh.On whether the tourists would be taken to the Chittorgarh Fort, he said the local administration be able to comment on it better.In March, Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace of the Rajput queen. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.The controversy over the film had taken an ugly turn yesterday as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana’s Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned Deepika Padukone against “inciting” sentiments.Following this the Mumbai Police tightened the security of Padukone. Police have beefed up security at Bhansali’s residence in Versova in Mumbai. Bhansali’s magnum opus sent back by CBFCSanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati on Friday was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, “The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”The film has been facing protests from various group for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.The top court had added that the CBFC was an independent body and the court should not intervene in their jurisdiction.Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Friday lashed out at actress Deepika Padukone, who is playing the role of Rani Padmavati onscreen, saying she was not the president of India to roll out orders on the release of the movie ‘Padmavati’.Kalvi told ANI, “Who will tolerate the fact that Rani Padmavati is being shown as the lover of Allauddin Khilji? Deepika Padukone, in her statement, said that the film would be released at any cost. She is not the president of this nation. She is trying to provoke us. I, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, am saying that this film will not be released.”

Rajput Sabha writes to PM, demands ban over Padmavati release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deepika starrer Padmavati seems to be getting more and more embroiled in controversy with every passing day. A wide range of sections are joining the opposition to the film based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.Shri Rajput Sabha, the supreme body of the Rajputs has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a complete ban on the release of the film Padmavati. Copies of the letter, written by the president of the body, Giriraj Singh Lotawala, have also been sent to Amit Shah, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The letter says that the film hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community also expressed anguish that Smriti Irani has supported the film.In another development the erstwhile queen-mother of the Jaipur royal family Padmini Devi on Wednesday came out publicly against the film. Sharing the stage with the national president of the Rajput Karni Sena Mahendra Singh Makrana, Padmini Devi accused Bhansali of not honouring the agreement he had made with them, “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When he started with the shooting of Padmavati he had agreed to screen the film before us.” “He had also consented that the screening would be before the launch of any song or trailer of the film. He has not honoured his commitment,” added Padmini Devi.BJP MLA and member of the Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari also came out publicly along with her mother Padmini Devi and said, “Maharani Padmavati of Chittor who committed jauhar with thousands of women is a testimony of extreme valour and courage that has rarely been witnessed in history.” She added that the entire country irrespective of caste or religion is proud of the history of Chittor. Any attempt to distort the history or twist the facts will be a collective insult to the women of this country.”National President, Karni Sena Mahipal Singh Makrana warned that the film would never be allowed to be released in Rajasthan if it has a dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji with Rani Padmavati.” He categorically stated that, “There should be no scene having Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji together. We will consider permitting the release of the film only if Bhansali agress to make the changes in the film and most importantly screens it for us before the release,” said an emphatic Makrana.Youth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film. They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors who are considering pulling back from picking up the film that is scheduled to release on December 1.The prospects of Padmavati look gloomy in Rajasthan, and it could follow the fate of Jodha Akbar, unless Bhansali agrees to keep up the promises he made in Rajasthan.WARNINGYouth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film.
They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors.

Rajput Karni Sena leads protest against Padmavti, burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by Rajput Karni Sena, several groups protested against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati on the parapets of Chittorgarh fort.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest at Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmavati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and business in the city was shut down for two hours.The women in traditional Rajput attire raised slogans against Bhansali. The protestors led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the collector demanding that the film not be released.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;1) Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians2) No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence3) No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati4) No commercial cashing on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmavati, by distorting history and dignity of Padmavati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi. Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati. Earlier this year members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali, while he was shooting at Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmavati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmavati.

VHP to organise statewide stir in Uttar Pradesh to ban Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday announced that it would not allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Padmavati in Uttar Pradesh. Senior VHP leader Rakesh Varma alleged that the film glorified foreign invaders such as Alauddin Khilji and casts aspersions on Rajasthan’s royalty The VHP had burnt film’s posters in Gonda district on Friday and plans to launch a statewide stir against the film.The film is based on Rajasthan’s queen Rani Padmavati who burnt herself alive when barbaric ruler Alauddin Khilji forcibly attempted to make her his wife.“The film is an insult to Rani Padmavati. The film maker has made an attempt to distort the history. The VHP will not allow this to happen. We will not let the movie to be shown in any theatre in Uttra Pradesh,” warned the BJP leader.The film has been in controversy since beginning. During its shooting in Jaipur, unruly members of Karni Sena had disrupted the shooting. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was even assaulted by the mob. Later, the film unit had to pack up from Jaipur and shot the movie in Mumbai.The film is slated to release on December 1.

Padmavati is distorting facts, say agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Shree Rajput Karni Sena on Saturday agitated in front of Rajmandir cinema hall in Jaipur against soon to be release Bollywood film Padmavati. The protesters raised slogans and burnt the film’s promotional posters.The agitators are demanding that the movie be showed to the organisation before the release.Narayan Singh Divrala, District President of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, said that if there has been any distortion of historical facts and if Padmavati has been insulted, the movie will not be allowed to released.Divrala claimed that Padmavati is shown as a beloved of Khilji, which is distortion of important historical facts, and also the reason behind the organisation’s move to oppose the film’s release.Bollywood film Jodha Akbar had also faced similar threats during its release in 2008.Protests were carried out and posters of the movie were burnt. In fact, the protests had started since 2006 when the crew had landed in Jaipur for a shoot. Similar controversy regarding distortion of historical facts had erupted, which had lead to non-screening of the movie in theaters across the state.This is not the first time, however, that Padmavati is facing protests. Recently, when the movie’s poster was released on Thursday , a day prior to that on Wednesday, actor Ranveer Singh had tweeted, “Rani Padmavati padhar rahee hai…kal suryoday ke saath.”Replying to this, twitter account @karni_sena claiming to be the official account of Rajput Karni Sena had replied,” Rani Padmavati agar Rani Padmavati bankar padhar rahee hain to swagat hai, varna rukawat ke liyey khed hoga,”While earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati vandalised by members of a Rajput organisation when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur in January.

Durga idol immersion, Narayan Rane, Kamal-Kejriwal meeting, Padmavati: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1: Slit my throat but I will do what I can to keep peace: Mamata after Durga idol immersion verdictWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has angrily reacted to the Calcutta High Court’s verdict on Durga idol immersion. “Slit my throat but I will do what I can to keep peace,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. arlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court had revoked the West Bengal government’s ban on Durga idol immersion on September 30 after 10 pm and on morning of October 1st (Muharram). dnai.in/f5ge2: Govt considering $7.7 billion stimulus spending to boost economy: reportPrime Minister Narendra Modi led government is reportedly considering a plan to loosen the fiscal deficit target so that it could spend an additional Rs 500 billion in the financial year ending in March 2018, Reuters reported citing the two government sources. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was looking for ways to lift economic growth, which slipped to a three-year low of 5.7% in the quarter to end-June. dnai.in/f5gc3: After ‘excellent’ meeting, Arvind Kejriwal, Kamal Haasan say, ‘we’re united against corruption’Acclaimed actor Kamal Haasan, who is creating waves with he much-anticipated entry in politics, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Chennai on Thursday. With strong political overtones, the meeting was seen as an attempt by the Aam Aadmi Party to bring the National Award winning actor on its side. It’s yet to be seen whether it becomes a reality, but the post-meeting statements showed the mutual admiration by both leaders. dnai.in/f5fG4: ‘I am Congress mukt’: Narayan Rane quits party; here’s a look at former CM’s journeySenior Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane on Thursday announced his exit from the grand old party he had joined 12 years ago. Hitting out at top party leaders for humiliating him, the Maratha leader said that now he is Congress ‘mukt’ and have no relation with the grand-old-party. dnai.in/f5g95: ‘Padmavati’ in trouble again? Rajput Karni Sena tweets warning in reply to Ranveer Singh’s announcementLooks like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming period drama Padmavati may face more trouble by Rajput Karni Sena. The film that stars Deepika Padukone as the protagonist, has Shahid Kapoor playing Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh essaying the character of Alauddin Khilji, has previously been mired into a lot of controversies because of Rajput Karni Sena. dnai.in/f5gd

CBI books SAI Deputy Director in graft case after sting op

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The deputy director of Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been booked by the CBI for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs one lakh from a news reporter in a sting operation, in return for providing imported weapons and facilities at a shooting range. The case has been registered on a complaint from the chief vigilance officer of SAI that a reporter of a Hindi news channel had carried out a sting operation aired on July 17, 2016. Shiv Dutt Bakshi, who was then administrator of the Karni Singh Shooting Range, was allegedly seen accepting the bribe and a liquor bottle from the reporter in lieu of providing shooting facilities at the range and procuring imported weapons illegally for him at low rates by flouting and manipulating rules, the FIR alleged. The SAI vigilance officer had collected the tapes from the channel purportedly showing that Bakshi was prepared to provide the reporter with a Walther rifle and allow its usage even though the journalist did not have an arms licence. “The transcription of the DVD clearly shows the conversation of the reporter and Bakshi (who) accepted liquor in a form of quid pro quo to help the reporter in getting the gun in an illegal manner,” the complaint alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anandpal encounter: Karni Sena demands CBI probe by July 12

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Karni Sena today said that if the Rajasthan government did not order a CBI inquiry into the Anandpal Singh encounter, it would hold a “gathering” of the Rajput community in the gangster’s native village, Sanvrad, on Wednesday. The state BJP is “neglecting” Rajputs and the community’s sentiments, the Rajput outfit’s Rajasthan chief Mahipal Singh Makrana alleged at a press conference in Sikar. The Rajasthan government has offered an SIT probe into the June 24 encounter in which the gangster was killed by the police. But Anandpal’s family, backed by the Rajput community, stuck to their demand for a CBI inquiry into it. “The people from the community will move in large numbers to Sanvrad on July 12, if the state government fails to decide on a CBI inquiry into the Anandpal encounter. The state government is turning a blind eye to the issues of our people who voted it to power,” he said. The gangster’s family is yet to cremate the body to press for their demands, which include a CBI inquiry into the encounter and allowing his brothers, who are in judicial custody, to attend the funeral.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj govt must clear ‘serious doubts’ on Anandpal encounter:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari today said the Rajasthan government should take immediate steps to clear “serious doubts” that have arisen after the encounter of dreaded criminal Anandpal Singh. He claimed that people in large numbers have met him after Anandpal’s killing and there are “serious doubts in their minds about the authenticity of the encounter”. “Why is the government running away from a CBI inquiry in the case, despite the statement of the state home minister, Gulabchand Kataria, that he is ready for any probe,” said the MLA, who has opened a front against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje after he was served a notice for anti-party activities in May. Following the encounter killing on Saturday night in Churu district’s Malasar village, Anandpal’s family refused to take his body and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter yesterday. “The family members of Anandpal have demanded a postmortem from the medical board but the government is running away. “His family has also demanded a CBI probe and the state home minister has said that he is ready for any inquiry then why is the government is not taking a decision,” Tiwari asked. He also claimed that Kataria was himself not aware of the encounter and this posed a question. “The home minister stated that the chief minister had called and congratulated him after the encounter on Saturday night. It means though Raje was directly aligned with this operation, Kataria was fully unaware of the action,” he said. In a joint press conference, yesterday, leaders of various organisations, including the Rajput Sabha Bhawan, the Pratap Foundation and the Karni Sena demanded a CBI inquiry into the encounter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karni Sena urges Rajput bodies demanding quota to unite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan-based Karni Sena today urged all Rajput bodies seeking reservation for the community to rally under one banner to put pressure on the Centre for making economic status as the key criterion for granting quota benefits. Shri Rajput Karni Sena president Mahipal Sinh Makrana said at the end of this year, nearly 15 lakh Rajputs would gather in Delhi to raise their demand for reservation. The outfit has been spearheading agitations demanding quota for the economically weaker sections among the Rajputs and other forward communities for the last few years. Makrana, who was here as part of the Karni Sena’s efforts to expand its base in poll-bound Gujarat, said the present reservation system had failed to serve its purpose. “There are many Rajput bodies in different states which are running campaigns against the existing reservation system. We want to bring all such bodies under the banner of Karni Sena so that we can put pressure on the Centre over the issue in an united manner,” he told reporters. Makrana said the Karni Sena wants the economic condition of a community to be the key criterion for granting benefits of reservation. “We strongly believe that poor people from unreserved category should get benefits of reservation. Economic condition should be made the key parameter for quota. To mount pressure on the Centre and get a law regarding this passed, we have planned a mega gathering of 15 lakh Rajputs in Delhi at the end of this year,” he said. Makrana, however, said the Karni Sena did not want reservation for Rajputs at the expense of the communities which have been availing benefits under the OBC quota. “We want economic condition-based reservation for the Rajputs and other castes. For that, the government needs to pass a law in order to increase the (existing percentage of) quota and take it beyond the 50 per cent cap. To compel the government in doing so, we will show our strength in Delhi,” he said. Makrana claimed Karni Sena has over 6.5 lakh registered members in Rajasthan alone, where it has sought 14 per cent reservation for Rajputs, based on their economic status. “In Gujarat, we have already appointed conveners in Rajkot and Sanand. Now, we will increase our base here gradually. We have undertaken similar exercise in Hindi- speaking states, such as Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Our aim is to bring every Rajput under one banner,” he added. The Patidar community in Gujarat has been holding agitations since 2015, under the leadership of Hardik Patel, demanding quota in government jobs and educational institutes under OBC category.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress leader backs Karni Sena, says no one has right to dent Padmavati’s image

Congress leader backs Karni Sena, says no one has right to dent Padmavati’s image

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Bhansali roughed up, Padmavati set vandalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati vandalised by members of a Rajput organisation when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort here on Friday.The film’s shoot was stalled after the incident as the production team huddled together to decide on the next course of action. The SLB production house CEO flew to Jaipur late at night. No case from either side was filed till reports last came in.Members of Karni Sena, a Rajasthan-based Rajput outfit, interrupted the shooting of the film. According to police, the sets looked ravaged and the crew has reported several of their equipment broken.Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi, however, said the escalation was not on their end. “Bhansali’s bodyguard who were escorting him fired shots before the police were called in,” he said. Ever since Bhansali announced his film based on the life of Chittor queen Padmavati after Bajirao Mastani, Rajput community has been roiled by what they term as “contorting history” for the big screen. Terming the plot of the movie as distortion of historical facts based on reports about intimacy between Chittor Queen Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji, second ruler of Khilji dynasty who attacked Chittor in 14th century, in the film, some Rajput outfits have openly registered their protest.Activists of Karani Sena reportedly reached the fort Friday afternoon, shouting slogans against the movie and demanding a halt on film’s shooting. They were miffed with Bhansali who despite reminders in past did not listen to their objections and proceeded with the shooting. Heated arguments then ensued between the film’s crew and the outfit members who reportedly tried to manhandle Bhansali who was seated at the site and protected by crew members who threw a human cordon around him. A video footage of the said incident shows the crew in shock and their electronic devices, furniture and sets strewn around the fort’s roof.Lokendra Singh Kalvi who heads the outfit denied there was any violence on their part. “We are against the falsehood woven into a historical subject,” he said. Police detained five activists of Karni Sena who were in custody till reports last came in.

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