Cong, AAP hit out at BJP-ruled states for violence over 'Padmaavat'

Cong, AAP hit out at BJP-ruled states for violence over 'Padmaavat'

As protestors agitating against Padmaavat targeted a school bus, Congress and AAP hit out at BJP-ruled governments for their "failure" to maintain law and order and "flouting" Supreme Court to allow screening of the film.

"Height of complicity, prevarication & hypocrisy. Problems related to Padmavat only in BJP-ruled states," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said as vandals attacked a school bus in Gurugram in Haryana.

Terrified children

As images of terrified children slouching between seats of the school bus went viral, political parties spoke up against the violence that has broken out in Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the attack on the school bus as "utterly shameful"

"More disgusting is the complicity of those governments, who are allowing it through their inaction. If all state governments, central government and Supreme Court together cannot get one movie released and run safely, how can we expect investments to flow in? Forget FDI, even local investors would feel hesitant. Not good for already dwindling economy. Bad for jobs," Kejriwal said.

"Unacceptable, reprehensible & devastating as vandals attack school bus & Haryana Roadways bus in Gurgaon endangering the lives of innocent children and passengers," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement.

Singhvi accused the BJP governments in the affected states of unleashing a genie for cheap political gain.

"With strong will & strong hand, rule of law should have been upheld with an iron hand," he said.

Bypolls are due in two Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, where the movie is set.

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