Chhattisgarh CM invites MLAs for screening of 'The Kashmir Files' tonight
- Opposition parties, including the Congress, have called the project a ‘propaganda’ tool of the ruling dispensation
- PM Modi himself endorsed the film
- The screening of the film will be held at Magneto Mall in Raipur
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday invited all MLAs in the state for a screening of the film "The Kashmir Files". Chhattisgarh will become the first Congress-ruled state to declare the film "tax-free".
In a tweet, Baghel said, "Have invited all members of the assembly, from across party lines, for a screening of the film ‘The Kashmir Files.’ At 8pm tonight, all those who have been invited will watch the film together at a cinema hall in the capital."
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister's Office (CMO), posted a tweet and stated that this particular screening of the film will be held at Magneto Mall in Raipur.
Baghel also responded to leaders of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who have demanded that the film be declared tax-free in Chhattisgarh.
"I request the honourable Prime Minister to remove the central GST. This will make it tax-free across the country," the Congress leader posted.
The film, "The Kashmir Files", helmed by filmmaker Vivek Agnihottri, is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir in the 1990s. The film has been backed wholeheartedly by the Centre's ruling BJP and supporters of the party. Several BJP governments have declared it tax-free in their respective states.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi himself endorsed the film, hitting out at those he described as 'the ones who carry around the flag of freedom of expression.'
However, on the other hand, opposition parties, including the Congress, have called the project a ‘propaganda’ tool of the ruling dispensation. In fact, the Kerala unit of the grand old party got itself in hot water over its tweet on this controversy.