Add on to the ‘Ban Padmavati’ bandwagon: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar bans screening Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Film

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joins the ‘Ban Padmavati’ chorus. This stand came in after the Supreme Court commented on how people holding public positions should refrain from commenting on films which have not been cleared by CBFC as it is likely to prejudice minds of board members while deciding on the matter.

Nitish Kumar’s stand against Padmavati comes after his counterparts Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Madhya Pradesh and Vijay Rupani from Gujarat announced a ban on this film. He also added that the filmmaker shouldn’t have made the actor playing Padmavati dance in the film.

His statement came right after several Rajput organizations and prominent NDA leader called for a ban on the film. Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, senior JD (U) leader and minister Jay Kumar Singh and BJP MLA Gyanendra Singh “Gyanu” have also criticized screening the film in the state as it could “offend” Rajputs, who account for 4 per cent of Bihar’s population.

Like Gujarat CM’s stand, Nitish Kumar will not allow screening of the film unless producers and directors issue adequate clarification. Agitations took place outside the Bihar legislative assembly, with numerous BJP politicians protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film.

The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer film was supposed to be released on December 1 but following the protest, the release is likely to be postponed.

Sources- India Today, Indian Express


Congress – RJD welcome Sharad Yadav against Nitish

The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s invitation to Janta Dal (united) leader and co-founder Sharad Yadav in the fight against the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, was welcomed by the Congress Party on Monday.

Sharad Yadav, who is a colleague of the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has expressed his disapproval towards his ties with the BJP. Yadav, who decided to remain silent for five days was invited by Lalu to fight against Nitish Kumar. On Monday, Yadav broke his silence and said he does not agree with the steps taken by his colleague. According to a report by NDTV, the veteran leader told the reporters at Parliament, “Whatever happened is very unfortunate, the mandate by the people was not for this.”

On July 26, 2016, Nitish Kumar took a political change as he broke his mahagahtbandhan with RJD and Congress and shakes hands with the BJP. According to Kumar, the refusal of resignation by the deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav, made him take the step.

ANI reported that Naresh Agarwal, a leader of Samajwadi Party (SP), condemned the decision taken by Kumar and also pointed out that a senior leader like Sharad Yadav was left out from making this decision.

RJD is planning to launch “Desh bachao, BJP bhagao” movement soon.


Sources: ANI news, NDTV