Devendra Fadnavis missed chance to show ’56-inch chest’ govt in place: Shiv Sena on film row

Fadnavis has come under a grim attack from the opposition Congress and NCP for "brokering" a truce between the film's producers and the MNS, alleging that by doing so he has shirked his prime responsibility of maintaining law and order.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 27, 2016 4:16 pm
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Shiv Sena on Monday took a sharp dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his role in facilitating the release of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, saying he gave up an opportunity to show that there is a “56-inch chest” government. In a stinging editorial in its mouthpiece “Saamana”, the ruling alliance partner said the developments pertaining to the release of the film, which was threatened to be blocked by Raj Thackeray-led MNS, were “horrible, ruthless and have rubbed salt into the wounds of martyred soldiers.”

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Fadnavis has come under a grim attack from the opposition Congress and NCP for “brokering” a truce between the film’s producers and the MNS, alleging that by doing so he has shirked his prime responsibility of maintaining law and order.

“A lot has happened behind the curtains and all opposition to the film was diluted in the cup of tea at ‘Varsha’ (chief minister’s official residence). We do not want to get into who lost and who won but the whole episode has insulted our martyred soldiers,” the Saamana editorial said.

“(BJP) Central leaders are threatening Pakistan and boasting about surgical strikes. But none of them has the courage to say that films having Pakistani artistes will not be allowed to be released. Pakistan has violated ceasefire about 25 times after the surgical strikes and nobody is bothered about it. Here, everyone is rallying behind film producers seeing them in trouble,” it said.

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Fadnavis had the opportunity to show that there wasn a “56-inch chest” government in place now, that has a much stronger spine than the previous Congress-led government, which was “pro-Pakistan”, it added.

“Masks of many came off after the tea session at ‘Varsha’. Karan Johar was asked to pay Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund in lieu of release of his film. Is the sacrifice of our soldiers worth this much? The developments of the entire episode is horrible, ruthless and have rubbed salt into the wounds of martyred soldiers,” the Sena said.

Justifying his intervention in defusing the stand-off over the film, Fadnavis had said the issue could be resolved because the producers guild and MNS were on the same lines, expressing solidarity with the Indian Army.

On October 22, under pressure from political and other outfits, Bollywood film producers announced that they will not engage with Pakistani artistes, clearing decks for the release of Karan Johar’s film as MNS withdrew its threat to stall the screening.

“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, is set to be released on October 28.

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First Published on: October 24, 2016 6:29 pm
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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm
    Only army has 56" chest and the rest of the jokers in this very sad story eg BJP, RSS, SS, MNS seem like real life thugs, frauds and cowards.
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      cvrkrao
      Oct 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm
      Siva must abstain from talking and writing rubbish on sensitive issues. They have no respect for any Democratic insutions and they accuse Modi by name for every nonsense, as if Modi is their Hench man.They must understand that their Hindu rhetoric is not appropriated by most of the Hindus. Unfortunately they are part of Maharashtra government,still no sense of responsibility prevails on them. The Maharashtra government should handle them properly.
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        haq
        Oct 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm
        vandalism is on the rise everywhere
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          rs
          Oct 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm
          Shiva Sena is afraid that MNS will cut into their votes in BMC elections. This is the reason behind their rant. Afraid to loose the BMC elections.
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            Ramesh Athavale
            Oct 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm
            Shiv Sena is sore about its rival MNS choosing a por cause and CM Fadnavis finding an amicable solution to a potential law and order problem.
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