Attacking BJP over the on-going row over the film ‘Udta Punjab’ on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wondered whether the word Punjab would be also removed from the national anthem.
Kejriwal, whose party is looking to make inroads in the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls, claimed that by censoring the movie themed on drug abuse, the BJP-Akali Dal has “accepted defeat.”
“I was seeing this on social media that Jana-Gan-Mana-Adhinayaka Jaya He Bharata-Bhagya-Vidhata Punjab-Sindh…so will they remove word Punjab from everywhere. If words like Punjab, Ludhiana are being asked to remove, then filmmaking would come to a halt,” said the Delhi Chief Minister.
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“The way censorship is being done, the BJP, Narendra Modi, and Akali Dal have accepted their defeat in Punjab. Now the worry is how big would be their defeat. Will they be reduced to three seats like in Delhi?” he said.
Attacking the BJP-RSS, Kejriwal said ever since the party came to power at the Centre, it was deciding who would eat or talk what, or decide what particular kind of films should the audience watch.
“This is very dangerous for the country,” Kejriwal said.
Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has been facing heat heat on multiple fronts in the escalating row over “Udta Punjab” with demands for his sacking over his allegation that the film’s maker Anurag Kashyap may have taken money from AAP to make the drug-themed Bollywood film.