Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release-CM Fadnavis defence: If talks with Hurriyat & Naxal, why not MNS?

Karan Johar offered to pay, I said no compulsion, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: October 25, 2016 4:12 pm
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UNDER attack for mediating with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to allow the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today defended the government’s role and denied that he had brokered any deal.

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“What is the whole purpose of raising a hue and cry over my meeting Film Producers Guild and MNS to find an amicable solution to end the dispute over the film? Where is the question of my brokering a deal? Or where is the question of compromising on any principle? If talks can be held with the Hurriyat and Naxals, what is wrong in talking with the MNS,” he told The Indian Express in an interview on Monday.

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“Is is not a good sign that the government has pulled the curtains down on the issue through discussion across the table? Can you overlook the general public mood which is all set to celebrate Diwali? If I had not intervened, wouldn’t I have been accused of keeping the tension brewing?” he said.

He was trying to counter the widespread criticism of his handling of the controversy after the MNS demanded that the producers and those who had signed on Pakistan artists for their movies pay Rs 5 crore to the Army Welfare Fund as “penance.”

Fadnavis denied that he was a party to forcing the film producers to shell out Rs 5 crore for the fund. An angry Fadnavis said: “The Film Producers Guild approached me to discuss the problem with MNS. At the meeting I made it very clear that the government will not compromise on law and order. I cited the fact that my police force had cracked the whip against 12 MNS activists and would do the same if they took the law in their hands.”

The chief minister said: “Deploying additional force at every theatre to ensure release of film was not a problem. But I believed why should I allow tension during the festival season when people and police want to enjoy Diwali.”

The Film Producers Guild and MNS came forward saying that they wanted to end the deadlock, he said. “At the meeting, it was producer Karan Johar who expressed his desire to make a contribution of Rs 5 crore towards the welfare of the families of the martyred soldiers. To which I categorically said there should be no such compulsion. Yet, if you want to show your deshbhakti, there is the Army welfare relief fund where you can help,” he said.

“Now, every word of what transpired at the meeting was conveyed clearly by the film producers, MNS and the government. Yet, if there is a design to distort facts to malign the image of the government, it will not work,” he said.

With his government set to complete two years at the end of the month, Fadnavis said that the political challenge arising out of Maratha rallies and the tension with ally Shiv Sena did not pose a threat to his chief ministerial post or the stability of his government. “I can state with absolute certainty that I will not be removed because I am a Brahmin. I am here to stay for five years.”

“My party will act only if I make a mistake or am found completely lacking in carrying out my duties as chief minister of Maharashtra,” he said. “Personally, I believe the real goal of my leading Maharashtra is to bring parivartan (transformation) for larger public welfare. Power politics is a means to work towards the destination keeping, in mind and heart, the people and their problems.”

The chief minister said, “Both in (my) personal life and in the BJP which is the ruling party, the emphasis in on inclusive politics. Frankly, the caste label has never stuck on me and there’s no reason why people would fall prey to handful of vested interests trying to exploit the rallies to take centrestage or reaffirm their lost identity (referring to sections within Congress-NCP).”

He denied that caste confrontation would mar the government’s record. The government was committed to Maratha reservation and to safeguarding the rights of Dalits/OBCs and the existing quota and Atrocities Act.

“The silent Maratha rallies have exposed the rich-and-poor divide in the community and government would address the problems of the society for which we have given Rs 1000 crore fee=concessions for economically backward students for higher professional studies and lodging.” he said.

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 4:36 am
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    Jim
    Oct 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm
    Why do people fail to understand that, India as a nation is on high alert for the festive season. MNS had threatened to boycott and create nuisance all over India..lt;br/gt;Is it really worth to employ police force for the security of the Multiplexes, across India?lt;br/gt;And if the producers are so worried about the extortion deal, they could have knocked the Court doors, why didn't they do it, what is the hidden agenda for the producers?
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      S.Dinesh.
      Oct 25, 2016 at 3:04 am
      Oh God,after Hurriyat and Naxals,it's MNS !lt;br/gt;Should MNS feel proud about its new found status ?!lt;br/gt;Or,the CM has shown MNS its place in the polity ?
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        akash
        Oct 25, 2016 at 4:55 am
        Dear Mr.CM, as per your statement"If talks can be held with the Hurriyat and Naxals, what is wrong in talking with the MNS"........Do we believe that there is no difference between Hurriyat, Naxals and MNS...????......
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          alam
          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:52 am
          Stop train to stan.lt;br/gt;Stop bus to stan.lt;br/gt;Stop trade with stan.lt;br/gt;Stop Water supply to stan.lt;br/gt;Stop electric supply to stanlt;br/gt;Stop visa issuance to stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then see the result..........lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But why govt is not stopping these majority of we Indians doesn't know.
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            alam
            Oct 25, 2016 at 4:51 am
            What ever is under table but CM plays a vital and positive role for the entire people of India who loves entertainment .lt;br/gt;Be it a political or any issue entertainment in life is required.
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              Abdulrahim Akeel
              Oct 25, 2016 at 8:27 am
              When the CM says "If talks can be held with the Hurriyat and Naxals, what is wrong in talking with the MNS” he is endorsing MNS as a terrorist outfit as Hurriyat and Naxals are clified as terrorist outfit.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In wake of this MNS should be booked as a terrorist outfit by central home minister.
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                Abdul Sami
                Oct 29, 2016 at 6:47 am
                so hurriyat naxal and MNS now kept at same level.
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                  deepak
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 4:58 am
                  No we should not talk with any of them. Hurriyat, MNS or Naxals All are trying to ruin the country
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                    deepak
                    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:41 am
                    custom duty on import of stani artists!
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                      Deeply Concerned
                      Oct 26, 2016 at 11:57 am
                      Extortions being backed by a Chief Minister from BJP??? Again Dalalee
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                        Deeply Concerned
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 11:55 am
                        So are MNS naxalites or terrorists or just organized criminals and political affiliates of BJP ????
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                          Manish
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 6:02 am
                          The CM himself compared MNS with naxals and Hurriyat, both considered sort of anti national. That clearly shows the true value this party and its leader boasts of.
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                            BharatLal
                            Oct 25, 2016 at 4:45 am
                            MNS is secret partner and an ally. All protests were raised by them together, and MNS is just a face.
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                              zxcv
                              Oct 25, 2016 at 7:38 am
                              Fadnavis's logic is nonsensical . lt;br/gt;Yesterday 20 odd naxals were killed including some key leaders . Can we do the same with MNS along with negotiations ?
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                                indian
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 4:01 am
                                We expect maturity from our elected representatives.
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                                  indian
                                  Oct 25, 2016 at 3:20 am
                                  Gem of a CM. Wants people to celebrate Diwali and hence, doesnt mind brokering a deal between a politician whose followers threaten violence and the targetted victim. How innocently he expects the victim to have confidence in law and order, when he invites Raj Thackeray to the meeting !
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                                    Indianajones
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                    Well, as far as the comparison is compared, he is perfectly right.
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                                      Ramakrishnan Iyer
                                      Oct 25, 2016 at 5:02 am
                                      Good question by the CM. MNS is a political party whereas people consider Naxals and Separatists not as political parties. Please do not equate MNS with Naxals and Separatists. Though MNS has its own style, they have not become terrorists. They are trying to get the things done by threatening and bringing fear. This is done by all political parties. You have just see a band or hartal called by one of them. How they make the shop keepers close their shops or 10 or 15 of them stopping a train.
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                                        Ramakrishnan
                                        Oct 25, 2016 at 6:50 am
                                        There are so many cynics who are always out to find fault with BJP. I am not from BJP. But Iwas so much disappointed that after 700 years of rule by various Muslim invaders, 200 years of colonial rule by British, the Nehru family ran away with the freedom obtained with the sacrifices of millions of ordinary Indians. It was like the asuras running away with the nectar. When it was felt that there would be no respite from the dynasty running the country through a farcical democracy, Modi and BJP has been able to give us respite. Let us give them some time. Only the naive and those who got crumbs from the earlier regime would blindly oppose BJP.
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                                          manian
                                          Oct 25, 2016 at 5:12 am
                                          Is MNS as bad as Hurriat and naxals?
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                                            Ashok Mazumdar
                                            Oct 25, 2016 at 1:51 am
                                            Break Fast,lt;br/gt;Mango Exchange,.lt;br/gt;Saaree Gift,lt;br/gt;Ashirwad to new couple,lt;br/gt;ISI Invitation,lt;br/gt;Dhokla Khana,lt;br/gt;Gau Charbi ka Veg Biriyani,.lt;br/gt;Hugging,lt;br/gt;Secreat Meetings ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why not MNS.
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