Gujarat BJP opposes release of "Padmavati", writes to EC

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Gujarat is going to polls on December 9 and 14.

He said, in a representation to the Election Commission, the party has opposed its release as it will hurt the sentiments of the community members. Vaghela, an influential Kshatriya leader and former chief minister of the state, had also warned that if it was released without the community's approval, there could be violence. He said, "The Election Commission should arrange for the pre-release screening of the movie for select Kshatriya representatives to provide them a fair opportunity to prevent unnecessary tension ahead of Gujarat polls".

"Summary: We will not tolerate any attempts at disgracing the Rajput community and its contributions to history", Sengar said.In neighbouring Gujarat, also a BJP-ruled state, the ruling party has supported a ban on "Padmavati". The movie circles around the ceremonial character of queen Padmavati (starring Deepika), from Rajasthan, and her husband who is Mahawrawal Ratan Singh (Shahid), and he battled the Mughal invader Sulatn Alauddin Khilji (Ranvir). From destroying the sets to burning the posters and recently a Rangoli, featuring Deepika Padukone, was vandalized by "activists".

Bhansali first directed Padmavati as an opera in 2008 for the Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris, which was based on the 1923 opera written by Albert Rousselan.

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In January, activists of a Rajput organisation, Shi Rajput Karni Sena had protested, manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of "Padmavati" claiming that Bhansali was distorting historical facts in the movie.

Even as the Congress and BJP engage in a high-pitched diatribe against each other in poll-bound Gujarat, here's an issue that seems to have united the two political parties - Sanjay Leela Bhansali's opulent multi-starrer Padmavati.

"Now that the elections are round the corner, you are writing to the EC asking it not to allow release of the movie".

Senior Congress leader and national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said, just postponing the release will not assuage the feelings of a community.