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Madhya Pradesh bans Padmavati screening, memorial for Rani to be built in State

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BHOPAL: Padmavati, the controversial movie, would not be allowed to be screened in Madhya Pradesh. 

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided that the movie would not be allowed to be shown in theatres.

Calling the Rani a 'Rashtramata', the MP CM said that a memorial for Padmavati would be built in state.

Chouhan has taken the decision after meeting the delegation of Rajput community in CM House. The Rajput community in Madhya Pradesh has also been demanding a ban on the movie.

A local group had also announced Rs 1 crore to anyone who slashes Sanjay Leela Bhansali's tongue. There have been protests and delegations' have been meeting officials-politicians in different parts of state.

Bowing down to the demands, MP government has finally taken the decision before other states. Clearly, Shivraj sees it as a decision that would help him politically, and has announced Padmavati's memorial too. 

The aim of the memorial is to tell young generation about the past and the sacrifices, said Chouhan. Awards in the name of Rani Padmavati and Rana Pratap would be instituted soon.

"I thank CM for taking the decision. When India didn't forget the sacrifices when we were not independent, how free India can tolerate distortion of history and great figures who fought for honour", said minister Archana Chitnis.