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Jun 20, 2007 at 06:20am IST

BJP memorandum against Traffic Signal

New Delhi: Protesting against Bollywood movie Traffic Signal for using the word 'kinner' for eunuchs in the film, the Kinnaur district BJP on Thursday appealed to President APJ Abdul Kalam to intervene for getting the "objectionable" word dropped from it.

A BJP delegation, led by Kinnaur District President Vidya Sagar Negi, submitted a memorandum in the name of the President to Deputy Commissioner B R Verma for forwarding it.

The memorandum said the tribal prople of Kinnaur, popularly refered to as 'Kinners', were feeling “insulted” because of the use of the word for eunuchs in the Madhur Bhandarkar's latest movie and urged Kalam for intervene and get the "wrong and objectionable" word deleted from the film, state BJP Executive Committee member Tejwant Negi said.

RED SIGNAL: Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal is facing row for using the word 'kinner' for eunuchs in the film.

It said that as per a 1956 Presidential notification, the tribal people of Kinnaur have been accorded the status of Scheduled Tribe. Kinnaur district was formed in 1960 and it

derived its name from the term "Kinner".

President of Himachal Pradesh Tribal Employees Federation B S Negi said he has written a letter to chief of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes for dropping of the word from the movie as it has "damaging" effect on Kinners' society.

The Himachal Pradesh Government, through a notification, banned screening of the movie in the state for two months in view of widespread protests from people of Kinnaur district. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has also flayed the "wrong" use of the word in the film.