Mumbai, (The Hindu): A day after offering protection to Padmaavat, the MNS on Wednesday backtracked and said it was not the official stand of the party.
“This is not an official stand. Therefore, the party has no intention to protect or ensure the release of the movie,” party spokesperson Avinash Abhyankar said.
On Tuesday, Shalini Thackeray, working president of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, said her party is equipped to protect the director and the actors of the movie, if anyone tries to stop the release in Mumbai and Maharashtra.
A senior party leader said the party’s cine wing’s stand had landed them in a soup as it was the MNS, which had opposed the release of several films despite clearances from the censor board. “The issue was also not discussed with the party chief,” he said.
Ms. Thackeray was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, 10 members of the Kshatriya Rajputi Samaj were detained after a silent demonstration against the release of the movie, near Korum Mall in Thane.
At Dadar, three members of the Karni Sena were detained under the suspicion of inciting violence.
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