Make The Kashmir Files tax-free, Congress CM tells Centre

Make 'The Kashmir Files' tax-free, Congress CM tells Centre

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The Congress’ Chief Minister in Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, on Wednesday said the Centre should give tax break to the movie The Kashmir Files, as it gets a portion of the tax from states.

He invited all MLAs to watch the film at a mall in Raipur.

Speaking after Question Hour, Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik of the BJP had said the movie should be exempted from tax in Chhattisgarh.

Responding to Kaushik, the CM said: “Let’s go to watch this film. The Government of India also gets a share in the tax, therefore, the Centre should exempt the movie from the tax in the entire country.”

“After the introduction of Goods and Services Tax, half of its share goes to the Centre. The Centre should declare the film as tax-free in the country,” the CM said, adding all legislators would watch the film after adjournment of the House on Wednesday.

Later, in a statement, the state public relations department said that the CM had invited MLAs and other dignitaries to watch The Kashmir Files.

All tickets for the 8 PM show of the movie have been booked, the release said.

On Monday, senior BJP MLA Brijmohan Agrawal had alleged that the Congress government didn’t want people to watch The Kashmir Files in large numbers and was pressuring cinema halls to not sell all tickets to restrict footfalls, a charge refuted by the ruling party as baseless.

The strength of the Chhattisgarh Assembly is 90. One seat is lying vacant at present.

Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios, the film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir following systematic killings of people from the community by Pakistan-backed terrorists.

It stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi, among others.

Some states, including Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, have already exempted the film from entertainment tax.

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