The BJP’s youth wing on Wednesday burnt the effigy of Kamal, the director of the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala, alleging that he had insulted the national anthem.
Kamal, a noted Malayalam film director, had expressed displeasure over the manner in which police had arrested those who failed to stand up when the anthem was being played at movie halls.
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The Yuva Morcha workers marched to one of the venues of the festival and burned the effigy. They protested against the screening of controversial film Ka Bodyscaped, saying that the film depicted Hindu Gods in poor light.
The protesters raised slogans saying that Kamal should go to Pakistan.
The protesters said that Kamal is the patron of Kodungallor Film Society, which had petitioned the Supreme Court seeking exemption from playing the anthem at the festival.
The BJP separately staged a protest in front of Kamal’s residence at Kodungallor by singing the national anthem.
Kamal accused the BJP workers of insulting the anthem and asked the police to register a case. “Patriotism is not someone’s monopoly. I am an Indian citizen,’’ he said. “What are these people (BJP) are going to do after sending me to Pakistan. I have not insulted the national anthem.”
Kamal said he had objected to the manner in which the police had arrested the youths, who failed to stand up when the anthem was being played. “They (BJP) should think whether they have insulted the national anthem by singing it in front of my house.’’