The Kerala Story: Uttar Pradesh becomes second state to declare the film tax-free
Last week, The Kerala Story was declared ‘tax-free’ in Madhya Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that the recently released film ‘The Kerala Story’ will be tax-free in the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter to make the announcement earlier in the day. Uttar Pradesh becomes the second state to declare the controversial film ‘tax-free’. Last week, Madhya Pradesh also made the movie tax-free in the state
The chief minister's secretariat also said, “Adityanath could watch the film along with his cabinet colleagues at a special screening to be organised at Lok Bhawan."
Recently, UP BJP secretary Raghvendra Mishra escorted as many as 100 girl students in Lucknow to watch the movie.
The Kerala Story ‘tax-free’ in Madhya Pradesh
Last week the movie was declared ‘tax-free’ in Madhya Pradesh
“The film shows how the (life of) daughters who get entangled in the trap of love jihad get destroyed. It also exposes the design of terrorism," chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a video message.
“While we have already brought a law against (forced) conversion, the film creates awareness about the issue. This film should be watched by all and that's why the Madhya Pradesh government is declaring the film tax-free," he added.
Bengal bans The Kerala Story
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered an immediate ban on the screening of the movie in the state. A senior official said the ban was ordered to avoid “any incident of hatred and violence," a senior state government official said.
Meanwhile, the film's producer Vipul Shah said they will take legal action against the ban imposed by the TMC government.
"To avoid any incident of hatred and violence and to maintain peace in the state, the CM has directed an immediate ban on screening of 'The Kerala Story'. Action will be taken against any cinema hall that violates the ban," the West Bengal government official told PTI.
The film has received support from the Bharatiya Janata Party with Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about the film during Karnataka poll campaign.
“The movie ‘The Kerala story’ is trying to expose the consequences of terrorism in a society, especially in a state like Kerala which is beautiful land of hardworking, talented and intellectual people. The Congress party is now trying to ban the film and support the terror elements", Modi said at a poll rally in Ballari last week.
(With inputs from agencies)
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