The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit held a special screening of the controversial film ‘The Kerala Story‘ despite the state government’s ban on its screening.
The Kerala Story
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The screening took place at the BJP’s Baruipur district office, and Falguni Patra, the party’s North 24 Parganas district president, and the party’s women’s wing workers attended the event.
Patra stated that the screening was a private one, and the party did not intend to dishonor anyone. She added that they had checked the law, and people could watch the film in private.
Patra further claimed that the film was circulating online and that banning those websites first would make the ban more effective.
Directed by Sudipto Sen, ‘The Kerala Story’ alleges that women from Kerala were coerced into converting to Islam and sent to Syria to fight for the Islamic State (IS). The film has been banned in West Bengal, and multiplexes in Tamil Nadu have also stopped its screening. However, BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana have made it tax-free.
In response to the BJP’s actions, Dr Sashi Panja, a senior leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), criticized the BJP’s agenda of promoting division on the lines of religion and caste and accused the party of defying Mamata Banerjee’s directives.