November 30, 2017


BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had threatened actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali over Bollywood movie Padmavati, has resigned from the post of party’s Haryana Chief Media Coordinator. The period drama has been facing protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

Suraj Pal Amu had made derogatory remarks against Bhansali, Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh and announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for beheading the actress. Following this, state BJP president Subhash Barala on November 20 had issued show-cause notice to Amu “for giving a statement contrary to the party line”.

In a letter, through Whatsapp, to Barala, Amu said he was upset with the behaviour of the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with a delegation of Rajput community on Tuesday.

“The BJP had given me chance to work with senior leaders not only from Haryana but also from the Centre…Now, I have started feeling that the Chief Minister doesn’t need dedicated workers and office-bearers anymore. There is a group of unwanted persons around the Chief Minister which has been keeping the dedicated workers away from him for the past three years,” Amu mentioned in the letter.

Barala confirmed receiving a message through Whataspp but the party is yet to take a call on his resignation. “He has given the resignation from the post only not from the party,” Barala added.

The Haryana BJP chief had also threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the TMC chief would face a fate similar to Surpanakha if she continued to support Bhansali’s magnum opus. The reaction came after Mamata tweeted in support of the film ‘Padmavati’. She also termed the controversy surrounding it to be “the calculated plan of a political party to destroy freedom of expression”.

“We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” she wrote on Twitter.

On November 25, the Shree Rajput Karni Sena demanded a complete ban on ‘Padmavati’ in Haryana. Khattar had, on November 22, said Haryana will take a decision on permitting screening of film ‘Padmavati’ in the state after it gets clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The movie was due to release December 1 but its producers postponed the release after widespread protests, multiple threats of violence, and a declaration of a ban by the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, who are both from the BJP. On November 28, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, too, said that Padmavati would not be allowed to release in the state unless Bhansali cleared his stand on the controversy surrounding the film.