'Padmavati decision after censor board OK, can't afford law & order problem'

Manohar Parrikar during an event in Pune

Manohar Parrikar during an event in Pune

Panaji (Goa) [India], December 08 (ANI): A delegation of Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Mahila Morcha has submitted memorandum to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar demanding a ban on the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmavati'.

The women wing of the party's state unit demanded to ban the epic drama stating that a tourism-oriented state like Goa can not afford law and order problems. "We will take a decision after the censor certificate is granted", he said.

"My personal opinion is that history should be portrayed correctly and if history is wrongly portrayed, then sentiment of public is likely to be hurt". But that aspect is not within my scope and it should be decided by the censor board.

The Chief Minister also said that the issues raised by delegation, including wrong portrayal of queen Padmavati were also justifiable. So I hope they take this into consideration.

"So I said you go back... it does not mean that Gupta has been given a clean chit...we will probe him", Parrikar said. "It has been the habit of filmmakers to distort Hindu icons and traditions in the guise of creativity". The other issue is regarding law and order problem which Goa can not afford in the tourist season being a touristic state. "Large sections of the Indian people adore queen Padmavati for her valour and chivalry", the memorandum stated.

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