BJP MLA seeks police action against Amitabh over KBC question

A BJP MLA in Maharashtra onTuesday approached police seeking action against megastarAmitabh Bachchan and makers of TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati12 for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.

Abhimanyu Pawar, BJP legislator from Ausa in Laturdistrict, in a complaint to Latur SP Nikhil Pingle said actionshould be taken against Bachchan and Sony EntertainmentTelevision over a question asked during Fridays Karamveerspecial episode.

“There was an attempt to insult Hindus and creatediscord between Hindus and Buddhists who have been living inharmony,” Pawar tweeted, posting a copy of his two-page letterto the police official.

The episode had social activist Bezwada Wilson andactor Anup Soni in the hot seat opposite Bachchan, who askedthe folliwng question, worth Rs 6.40 lakh: On 25th December 1927, Dr B R Ambedkar and hisfollowers burned copies of which scripture? The options were: (A) Vishnu Purana (B) Bhagavad Gita,(C) Rigved and (D) Manusmriti.


Bachchan then said, “In 1927, Ambedkar condemned theancient Hindu text Manusmriti to ideologically justify castediscrimination and untouchability and burned its copies.” “All the four options pertained to Hindu religion. Itis clear that the motive behind this question was to hurt thesentiments of Hindus,” Pawar said in his police complaint.

“This question spreads the message that Hindureligious scriptures are meant for burning and triggers enmitybetween Hindus and followers of Buddhism,” said Pawar, who wasa close aide of Devendra Fadnavis while he was Maharashtrachief minister.

The KBC episode question annoyed some netizens whoaccused the show of running a “leftist propaganda”, whileothers said it hurt Hindu sentiments.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared a clip from the showon micro-blogging site Twitter, claiming KBC was “hijacked byCommies”. “Innocent kids, learn this is how culture wars arewon. Its called coding,” he tweeted.

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