JAIPUR: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday accused the BJP of politicising the ‘Padmaavat’ row for electoral benefits in the Gujarat polls and said the work of an artist should be honoured while ensuring that it does not hurt sentiments of any section of the society.
The controversy over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film could have been averted if the Centre tried settling issues with the parties concerned, the former chief minister told reporters in Behror town of Alwar district. He accused the BJP of politicising the issue for electoral benefits.
“The ban on the movie was evoked by the BJP ruled state governments one by one during Assembly elections in Gujarat. The issue was deliberately twisted due to which (the state) government had to move the Supreme Court,” he said.