Padmavati: Punjab CM says 'nobody has the right to threaten someone for having different views'
Rejecting suggestions of supporting a ban on the movie Padmavati, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on 21 November decried attempts by some vested interests to misinterpret his statement on the issue.
The Chief Minister said that he had neither supported a ban on the movie nor backed those issuing threats to the actors and crew of Padmavati.
He called for restraint amid the volatility prevailing on the issue.
Amarinder made it clear that he was totally opposed to the threats being issued by certain hardline elements to the actors and directors of the film but reiterated that anyone feeling hurt by distortion of historical facts had the right to peaceful agitation.
A distinction needs to be drawn between threats and protests, he added.
"How can I seek or support a ban on the movie when I have not even watched it," asked Amarinder, refuting the unfounded conclusions that had been drawn from his statement made on Monday in which he had said if there had been any attempt to distort history, then protests against the same were justified.
"Nobody can be denied the right to disagree with others and protest peacefully in a civilised and democratic system, but nobody (neither an individual nor an organisation) has the right to threatens someone with whom he/she does not agree on any issue," said the Chief Minister.
"I totally condemn all people who are issuing threats and expect the law to take its course against them," he said, adding that any attempt to vitiate the country's peace and disturb its harmony needs to be dealt with effectively.
In another development, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal on 22 November demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film "Padmavati" in the state.
Rawal has also written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding that the movie be shown to a committee of expert historians for scrutiny. "I have written a letter to the chief minister demanding a ban on the movie if it distorted historical facts," the BJP leader said.