Yogi jumps into 'Padmavati' row

Yogi jumps into 'Padmavati' row

Yogi jumps into 'Padmavati' row

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday jumped into the row over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati.

The chief minister said there must not be any attempt to distort history in films.

Karni Sena, a Rajasthan-based outfit, has been protesting against the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer based on the life of Rani Padmini, a Rajput queen, claiming that it shows her in poor light.

Adityanath also sought deferment of the release saying that it could lead to the breakdown of law and order at a time when there were local body polls in the state.

The state government has written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking the deferment of the film's release on similar grounds.

Meanwhile, protests against the movie erupted in Uttar Pradesh with members of the All India Khastriya Mahasabha squatting on the railway track at the Allahabad station.

In capital Lucknow, office-bearers of a little-known outfit, Rajputana Shaurya Foundation, warned of dire consequences if the film was released in the state.

The foundation president Lokendra Singh also demanded a probe into the source of funds for the movie.

Singh, however, said that he did not support a Karni Sena leader's threat to chop off Deepika Padukone's nose if the film was released.