Himanta Biswa Sarma & Kiren Rijiju slams Arvind Kejriwal over his Kashmir Files remark
The debate over Kejriwal’s statements on The Kashmir Files is still raging, with BJP chief ministers and ministers criticising what he said and how he said it. Arvind Kejriwal was also warned by Himanta Biswa Sarma not to add salt to Hindus’ wounds by mocking Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a political opportunist following his statement against Bollywood film-The Kashmir Files. The Assam Chief Minister called Kejriwal’s comments “vindictive,” but added that such behaviour from a political opportunist is not unusual. In the state assembly on Thursday, the Delhi CM said the makers of The Kashmir Files can upload the film to YouTube so that everyone can watch it for free, defying requests from Delhi BJP MLAs to declare the film tax-free in the capital. Several BJP leaders attacked Kejriwal, pointing out that the CM had made Nil Battey Sannata tax-free in 2016 and Saand ki Aankh tax-free in 2019. ’83’ was recently made tax-free in the Capital.
“@ArvindKejriwal ji, I appreciate you making ’83’ tax-free, but why didn’t you ask the filmmaker to put it on YouTube? Perhaps your venomous remarks are saved for those who depict Hindu suffering. Of all, such behaviour is to be expected from a political opportunist “Himanta sent out a tweet.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, has come under fire from BJP leaders after calling the film The Kashmir Files “false” and mocking the BJP’s demand for the film to be tax-free in the national capital. Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, described Kejriwal as a “political opportunist,” while Goa’s new chief minister, Pramod Sawant, branded his remark “inhumane.”
Sarma accused Kejriwal of ridiculing Kashmiri Pandits on Twitter in a series of tweets. “If you don’t want Kashmir Files to be tax-free, don’t do it.” But please, no more ridiculing Kashmiri Pandits. Their miseries are the product of secularists’ condescending attitude and appeasement policies. “It is not proper for a chief minister to utilise the Assembly to add salt to the wounds of Hindus,” Sarma remarked.
I welcome making ‘83' tax-free, but wonder why didn’t you ask the filmmaker to put it on YouTube, @ArvindKejriwal ji?
Perhaps your vindictive comments are reserved for those who portray sufferings of Hindus. Of course, such behaviour from a political opportunist isn’t surprising. pic.twitter.com/TVJgsm6WjJ
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 25, 2022
To charge that Arvind Kejriwal’s remark was inhumane, Goa CM-designate Pramod Sawant published a list of movies created tax-free in Delhi by the AAP convener. “While Kejriwal’s government has waived taxes on a number of Bollywood films in the past, he refuses to do so on #KashmirFiles, even insulting and laughing at the video that exposes the Kashmiri Hindu massacre.” “Kejriwal’s speech is callous and insulting to those who have been victims of terrorist crimes in Kashmir,” Sawant said. Kejriwal’s statement is callous and an insult to people who have been implicated in terrorist crimes in Kashmir, according to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, while Union Minister Kiren Rijiju added, “I have no words.”
Since its March 11 release, Vivek Agnihotri’s film Kashmir Files has been at the centre of a raging debate, with the BJP and opposition parties sparring over the film’s perspective on the flight of Kashmiri Pandits. The uproar erupted after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggested on Thursday that BJP MLAs who want ‘The Kashmir Files’ to be tax-free should post the film to YouTube and make it available to everyone. Kejriwal also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of manipulating the film for political gain during his presentation to the Delhi Assembly.
Adesh Gupta, the president of the Delhi BJP, retorted that Kejriwal had broken all lines of political decorum with his views on the topic. Meanwhile, Vivek Agnihotri, the director of “The Kashmir Files,” and Anupam Kher also slammed Kejriwal for his views.
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