There seems to be no end to controversies for Padmatvati as now UP government has asked the I&B Ministry to delay its release. Why? Because they are concerned that the periodic drama may have an “adverse effect” on the law-and-order situation in the state, reported Indian Express

Administration Not Well-Equipped 

UP Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar in a letter to I&B Ministry on Wednesday wrote that it would be difficult for the administration to control the situation as they would be preoccupied in counting votes for the civic polls. 

“In view of the civic polls, polling for which is scheduled on November 22, November 26 and November 29 and the counting on December 1, and also the ‘Barawafat’ procession by Muslims on December 2, the film’s release can pose serious security issues”, the letter stated according to Hindustan Times

The letter which comes in the the wake of violence by Karni Sena in Kota, Rajasthan, also expressed concern over a possible disruption by similar groups. 

“In such an atmosphere, if this film is released in public in the same form in which its trailer was launched, a situation of unrest and law-and-order could happen on a large scale. In view of prior commitments of the administration due to the local body elections and Barawafat, release of the film on December 1 will not be in the interests of law and order.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Arvind Kumar said that as CBFC is yet to certify the film, the state government deemed it right to inform on priority about the consequences the release may have. 

“While movies based on facts, with positive stories, motivate and influence the society to move on the right path, movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional stories create a vicious atmosphere in the nation and society, develop social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order”, he was quoted as saying. 

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