MNS, producers were on same lines: CM Devendra Fadnavis on ‘ADHM’ issue

Devendra Fadnavis had come under attack from Congress and NCP for 'brokering' a truce between the 'ADHM' producers and MNS.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 22, 2016 8:00 pm
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Justifying his intervention in defusing the stand-off over “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the issue could be resolved because the producers guild and MNS were on the same lines, expressing solidarity with the Indian Army. “I do not think that what (MNS chief) Raj Thackeray was demanding and what the producers guild voluntarily offered was something different. The producers guild had already said that they had wholehearted support for the our army men and wanted to do something for them,” Fadnavis said at ‘Manthan’, a programme organised by TV channel ‘Aaj Tak’.

Fadnavis had come under attack from Congress and NCP for ‘brokering’ a truce between the producers and MNS, with the opposition parties saying the state government’s role is to ensure rule of law and it was for the Centre to decide whether Pakistani artistes should be banned or not.

Under pressure from political and other outfits, Bollywood film producers have announced that they will not engage with Pakistani artistes, clearing decks for the smooth release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” as MNS withdrew its threat to stall the screening.

Johar, accompanied by Producers’ Guild President Mukesh Bhatt, met the Maharashtra Chief Minister at his home ‘Varsha’ here this morning where Thackeray, whose party MNS has been opposing the release, was also present.

Asked why he gave so much importance to call and meet an outfit which forced producers to pay “hafta”, Fadnavis said, “These two stakeholders needed a mediation and that’s what I did and came out with an amicable solution.”

Fadnavis said it was alright if a solution was found through a dialogue otherwise state machinery would have dealt it with iron hand against those who took law in their hands, like in previous cases, it has done.

“There is something called law and order, through which we have dealt it with accordingly,” he said.

Earlier in the day, former Mumbai Police commissioner and BJP MP Satyapal Singh said the Chief Minister should not have called a political party to find the solution to such a problem.

“I think the CM could have dealt with this without inviting him (Raj Thackeray). He (Fadnavis) should have dealt this situation firmly,” said Singh.

In a bid to downplay Singh’s remark, Fadnavis said, “Satyapal ji has been police commissioner of Mumbai and as a police officer, this was his way to sort out the issues. While being a neta, it was my way to find an amicable solution.”

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  1. R
    Oct 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    Indian Army Ex Servicemen have criticized this 'Extortion Fund'. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A Very 'SwamiBhani' response to an extortnist
  2. C
    Col S
    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    MNS and BJPare very PATRIOT. Will they DICTATE ALL POLITICAL parties to RETURN VIP SECURITY to be deplo to FIGHT TERROR ? To hide behind these and OFFER PUBLIC and COUNTRY as a FODDER to TERRORIST is ANTI NATIONAL, criminal , immoral and SIN. No other country has SUCH IMMORAL LEADERS. This is nothing but LOOT of COUNTRY.. FORCING innocent CITIZENS is easy ,What sacrifice is being done by the nexus -- NETA_BABU_ POICE and PRIVILEGE?
  3. K
    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    politicians get compromised that's why we have only Indian Army guarding our Borders
  4. N
    Oct 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    Mr.CM is this Justifying to insult the Army and the armed forces ??? isnt this Extortion ???? did Karan give 5 crore voluntarily ?? you said both were on the same lines are you not encouraging an i man Mla law breaker ???
  5. N
    Oct 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    every Indian should never let these politicians to defame our respectable Armed Forces, These guys say they are Patriots, they are just chameleons changing colors every time , these guys are just a hand full say 10% or may be low who operate goondaism and we are just letting them ruin peace and prosperity of our country,
  6. S
    Suneet Sood
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:03 am
    This has been one of the saddest weeks of my life. Film-makers have the right to include stani actors. Indians have the right to shun movies that include such actors, or not shun. Film-makers have the right to exclude them. Indians have the right to watch such movies, or shun them. But this time a film-maker has been coerced by threats. Threats that were clearly illegal. And the government has looked the other way. It's the first step towards a mafia culture. It's the first step towards becoming a lawless country like Mexico. The MNS has ruined my beautiful country.
  7. M
    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    this is true
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