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Padmavati controversy: Karni Sena calls for 'Bharat bandh' on Dec 1

By Chennabasaveshwar

Rajput Karni Sena on Thursday decided to escalate their protest against the upcoming Bollywood movie, 'Padmavati'.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena has warned that lakhs of protestors will join the ongoing protest.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena. Courtesy: ANI news

He said, "Our ancestors wrote history with blood we will not let anyone blacken it; will call for Bharat bandh on 1 December."

Meanwhile, Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha members protested against the release of 'Padmavati' Jaipur by giving signatures with blood to be sent to the Central Board of Film Certification.

The protests against 'Padmavati' spread to the south as Rajput community members on Wednesday staged a demonstration and held a rally here alleging that the film distorted history.

A large number of people from the Karni Rajput Sena turned up at the Town Hall in the heart of the city and marched in a procession to the Freedom Park protesting against the period film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The protests against 'Padmavati' had till now been confined to the northern and western parts of the country.

Bhansali has been facing trouble since he started shooting for the movie.

The set of the movie was vandalised twice -- in Jaipur and Kolhapur -- and the director was roughed up by members of the Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.

(With agency inputs)

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