Maharashtra’s BJP MLA from Ausa in Latur district, Abhimanyu Pawar, has approached the police seeking action against actor Amitabh Bachchan and the makers of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ for hurting Hindu sentiments.
Abhimanyu Pawar has written to Latur SP Nikhil Pingle seeking action against Amitabh Bachchan and Sony Entertainment Television over a question asked during Friday’s (October 30) ‘Karamveer special’ episode.
The BJP leader also took to Twitter and posted his complaint made to police. He said: “There was an attempt to insult Hindus and create discord between Hindus and Buddhists who have been living in harmony.”
The controversial question
The episode had social activist Bezwada Wilson and actor Anup Soni in the ‘hot seat’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan, who asked the following question, worth ₹ 6.40 lakh:
On 25th December 1927, Dr BR Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture? The options were: (A) Vishnu Purana (B) Bhagavad Gita, (C) Rigved and (D) Manusmriti.
Amitabh Bachchan then said, “In 1927, Dr Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu text Manusmriti to ideologically justify caste discrimination and untouchability and burned its copies.”
What did the BJP MLA say?
“All the four options pertained to Hindu religion. It is clear that the motive behind this question was to hurt the sentiments of Hindus,” Abhimanyu Pawar said in his police complaint.
Pawar, who was a close aide of Devendra Fadnavis while he was Maharashtra chief minister, said: “This question spreads the message that Hindu religious scriptures are meant for burning and triggers enmity between Hindus and followers of Buddhism,”
The KBC episode question annoyed some people online who accused the show of running a “leftist propaganda”, while others said it hurt Hindu sentiments.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared a clip from the show on micro-blogging site Twitter, claiming KBC was “hijacked by Commies”. “Innocent kids, learn this is how culture wars are won. It’s called coding,” he tweeted.
Several social media users demanded a boycott of the show, whereas others wanted legal action against the actor as well as the makers.
FIR against Amitabh Bachchan in Lucknow
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Amitabh Bachchan and makers of KBC 12 in Lucknow for hurting religious sentiments.
Notably, the popular television show started in the year 2000 and make Amitabh Bachchan one of the most popular faces of Indian television.