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Congress has not filed complaint against Sacred Games, clarifies spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi

In the series, Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Ganesh Gaitonde is seen being critical of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi after his assassination. Gaitonde also labels the Gandhi family 'thieves'.

Mayur Lookhar

Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane’s web-series Sacred Games was launched on Netflix on 6 July. The series revolves around two principal characters, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a crime lord, and a righteous police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan).

While the web-series is a work of fiction, it is based on Indian-American author Vikram Chandra’s book of the same name. Both the book and the web-series use certain critical real-life events that occurred in India from the 1970s to the 1990s.

One of the historical events referred to in the web-series is the assassination of former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi. Gandhi was killed in a terrorist attack in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu on 21 May 1991.

In the web-series, following the assassination, Siddiqui’s Ganesh Gaitonde comments on the incident and is critical of the former prime minister. He doesn’t hesitate to label the entire Gandhi family 'thieves'.

A few reports on the private messaging app, WhatsApp, indicated that some Congress members had filed a complaint against the show.

We spoke to Priyanka Chaturvedi, a spokesperson of the Indian National Congress, to confirm the development. Chaturvedi clearly stated that the party has no objections to the web-series.

“This is not the Congress party’s stance," Chaturvedi said. "If we have any stance, then we will take it from the national platform, or from any Mumbai or any pradesh [state] committee. [However], if it is not coming [from there], then it is definitely not the Congress party’s stance. In fact, I am myself watching Sacred Games.”