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‘BJP diverting attention from real issue of drugs’
Shashwat Gupta Ray | Thursday, 9 June 2016 AT 09:28 PM IST
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Panaji: Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani for accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of funding the yet-to-be-released controversial Anurag Kashyap film ‘Udta Punjab’, AAP General Secretary and in-charge of Goa state, Pankaj Gupta on Wednesday said that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP government is using Nihalani to divert people’s attention from the real issue of drug menace highlighted in the film, which is destroying Punjab’s youth today.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has held back the film’s certification, demanding 89 cuts in total and removal of any references to the state of Punjab, politics or elections, in general. CBFC Chairman Nihalani also reportedly said that AAP had funded the movie. Incidentally, Punjab is going to polls early next year with Goa and drugs is an emotive issue in both States.

“Opinion polls show that AAP is set to get majority while SAD-BJP combine is fast losing ground. Dragging AAP’s name shows how jittery the SAD-BJP government has become. Such statements will help us gain further in Punjab Assembly elections due next year,” Gupta told GT here.

This seems to be “diversionary tactics being used by BJP to deflect people’s attention from the main theme of this movie – drug abuse. The SAD-BJP combined government in Punjab has been refusing to believe that there is drug menace in Punjab. Similar is the stance of BJP-ruled Goa government,” he said.

The AAP General Secretary said that the acute problem of drug abuse in Punjab is an open secret. “AAP or Anurag Kashyap is not saying anything new.

This problem is an open secret. We are just reiterating what is already happening. Instead of such amateurish response by  the government using Censor Board as a political tool, it should focus on resolving the real problems,” Gupta said.


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