New Delhi: Questioning the release timing of Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Udta Punjab’, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party was making mischievous attempts to boost its chances in next year’s state assembly polls courtesy the drug abuse highlighted in the flick. Swamy’s remark came a day after Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani alleged that the movie’s co-producer Anurag Kashyap has taken money from Arvind Kejriwal-led party to show Punjab in bad light.
Swamy told media the timing of this movie is wrong because it really makes out that the Punjab Government is responsible for drug abuse in the state. “Nobody has doubts that drug is a big problem. Who says it started with Akalis? It started with the Congress. This appears to be a mischievous attempt to further the cause of the AAP. And with the AAP defending itself, that only confirms itself,” Swamy said.
The BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP further said there is nothing wrong if the movie is released after the Punjab elections are over. Asserting that the 2017 Punjab elections would be fought on the grounds of the rampant drug abuse in the state, the AAP had yesterday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having the CBFC chief in his pocket and using him as a pawn to further his chances in the polls by playing politics over ‘Udta Punjab’.