Roopa blasts violence over Padmaavat
Kolkata: Roopa Ganguly, BJP Rajya Sabha member, on Friday criticised the country-wide violence against screening of Padmaavat, with the sharp-tongue actress-turned-politician's outburst catching the saffron camp in a bind.
"I don't think any interference is needed. If you don't like or agree, don't watch it. But you just cannot become unruly and set a bus on fire as a mark of protest against the screening of the movie," Roopa elaborated further.
As the protestors against the movie have been seen wearing saffron bandana, there have been allegations that they are allegiant to the Sangh Parivar. The silence of senior BJP leaders on the issue has only given credence to the theory.
Roopa is the first BJP leader from Bengal to comment on the controversy surrounding Padmaavat. She, however, emphasised that her comments were her own and not of the BJP.
But sources in the Bengal unit of the party said Roopa had exceeded her brief by commenting on the issue. "That's her problem... Senior party leaders are maintaining silence, but she is shooting her mouth," said a BJP source.
Roopa, however, was unfazed and demanded stringent actions against the unruly protestors. "Police should rise above politics and take strong action against all those who are illegally protesting against the screening of Padmaavat despite Supreme Court orders over its country-wide release," the MP said.