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BJP workers threaten CD director


Aasim Khan,CNN-IBN
Apr 07, 2007 at 09:43pm IST

New Delhi: The BJP's controversial campaign CD in Uttar Pradesh continues to be circulated. And now the makers of the film are alleging that the BJP leaders are threatening them of “severe consequences” if they don't take the blame on their heads.

In the drawing rooms of old Lucknow, a family tunes into BJP's communal imagination. The ‘hate CD’ may have been officially withdrawn, but it continues to be circulated. “Somebody left this CD outside my house yesterday,” says Narendra Tondon Lucknow resident.

The contents of the CD, titled Samay Ki Pukar was released as BJP’s campaign material in Uttar Pradesh. It consists of a series of fictionalised scenes. The dialogues and the treatment are highly offensive, maligning Muslims and other religious minorities. This has upset many.

“The BJP workers are showing this CD every nuke and corner in UP. They are poisoning the minds of the people here,” said another resident.

The BJP though insists it has nothing to do with the CD's circulation. “There are allegations that we are still showing the CD secretly. But it is all false,” says BJP Leader Balbir Punj.

The party had earlier disowned the CD itself and blamed outsiders for it. But the director of the film disputes this and alleges that BJP leaders are pressurising him to take the blame on him.

“I get threat calls demanding that I should call a press conference and take full responsibility for the issue. I have been asked to say in public that BJP does not have anything to do with the CD,” Virendra Singh Pawar Director, Samay ki Pukar.

It's clearly a CD that has got many people worried. With the Election Commission taking a position, the BJP clearly wants to wash its hands off it. But will it also disown the views expressed in the CD? That's the question many are asking.

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