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Padmavati row: Punjab chief minister clarifies that he never called for ban

Opposing the threats to the film's cast and crew, Amarinder Singh wondered how he could seek a ban on the film without even seeing it.


Rejecting reports that he had called for a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh today decried attempts by "vested interests" to misinterpret his statement on the controversy.

The Congress politician said he had neither supported the demand for a ban on the movie nor backed those issuing threats of physical violence to the cast and crew of the film that is currently embroiled in a political row.

Calling for restraint amid the volatility on the issue, Amarinder Singh made it clear that he was opposed to the threats being issued by some extremists to the artistes and director of the film but added that anyone feeling hurt by any "distortion of historical facts" has the right to protest peacefully.

A distinction needs to be drawn between threats and protests, the chief minister said.

"How can I seek or support a ban on the movie when I have not even watched it?" Amarinder Singh said, refuting the conclusion drawn from his statement yesterday that if there has been any attempt to distort history, then protests against the film are justified.

"Nobody can be denied the right to disagree with others and protest peacefully in a civilized and democratic system, but nobody, neither an individual nor an organisation, has the right to threaten someone with whom he/she does not agree on any issue," the veteran Punjab politician said.

"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.

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