Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has backtracked from its earlier decision to provide protection for the screening of the film Padmaavat.
The MNS on Tuesday declared support for the movie, which is facing opposition from the Rajput community.
On Tuesday, Shalini Thackeray, MNS General Secretary and Working President of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena said her party will protect the director and actors if anyone tries to stop the release of Padmaavat in Mumbai and Maharashtra.
“If the Censor Board and the Supreme Court have given permission for the release of Padmaavat then it is wrong on the part of Karni Sena to go against this decision," she said.
"Moreover, it is definitely not right to call for a nationwide bandh or shutdown. MNS will be ready for the release of Padmaavat in Mumbai and Maharashtra as well,” she said.
On Wednesday, the party withdrew its decision saying it was not the official stand of the MNS. “This is not the official stand of the party. Therefore, the party has no intention to protect or ensure the release of Padmaavat,” said Avinash Abhyankar, party spokesperson.
A senior MNS leader said the party cine wing’s earlier stand had landed them in a soup as it was MNS in the past which had opposed the release of several films which were cleared from the censor board. “The issues were not consulted with the party chief,” he said.
Maharashtra’s Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal, who has appealed to people to not watch Padmaavat, did not react to the issue.