Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) : A day after state government announced entertainment tax waiver for ‘PK’ across Uttar Pradesh, Bajrang Dal carried out a protest in Shahjahanpur and claimed that the “movie which encouraged ‘love jihad’ has been made tax-free by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for Muslim votes.”
Bajrang Dal submitted a memorandum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city magistrate, demanding a ban on the movie across the country and legal action against head of the Censor Board and cast and crew of the movie. Bajrang Dal members threatened to intensify their protest across the entire state if their demands were not met.
On Thursday, Bajrang Dal members staged a protest and raised slogans against the state government for making the movie tax-free in the state. They also burnt the posters of the movie and said that they would carry out similar protests in other parts of the state on Friday. “The state government, which is eyeing Muslim votes, has made the movie-tax free in the state as it has hurt the religious feelings of Hindus. As ‘PK’ has encouraged ‘love jihad’, it was given a tax waiver to lure Muslims,” said advocate Anuj Kumar Singh, Braj state convenor, Bajrang Dal.
In their memorandum to the PM, Bajrang Dal demanded a complete ban on the movie across the country. They asked the Centre to lodge an FIR against Bollywood actor Aamir Khan besides the producer, director and other people responsible for making the movie.
The saffron outfit also demanded that the Censor Board chairperson Leela Samson should be removed from the post and legal action should be taken against her. They also wanted that steps be taken that the movie is not released in furure.
Apart from Bajrang Dal, a member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), advisory board, Delhi region also wrote to Censor Board’s Leela Samson against passing ‘PK’ ,which has hurt religious sentiments. “As per the section 37 (5B) of the Cinematography Act, a film cannot be passed if it has violence and vulgar contents or hurts the religious sentiments of any community. However, PK has five such scenes which hurt the religious feelings of a community and the Censor Board should have cut these scenes,” said Ayub Ali, a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), advisory board, Delhi region. Ali had written a letter to the Censor Board chairperson on this on December 30.
Source : Times Of India