BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, Who Threatened Mamata, Quits Post

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Chandigarh: BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had threatened WB CM Mamata Banerjee and Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali over Bollywood movie Padmavati, has resigned from the post of party’s Haryana Chief Media Coordinator. The period drama has been facing protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

Suraj Pal Amu had made derogatory remarks against Bhansali, Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh and announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for beheading the actress. Following this, state BJP president Subhash Barala on November 20 had issued show-cause notice to Amu “for giving a statement contrary to the party line”.

In a letter, through Whatsapp, to Barala, Amu said he was upset with the behaviour of the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with a delegation of Rajput community on Tuesday.

“The BJP had given me chance to work with senior leaders not only from Haryana but also from the Centre…Now, I have started feeling that the Chief Minister doesn’t need dedicated workers and office-bearers anymore. There is a group of unwanted persons around the Chief Minister which has been keeping the dedicated workers away from him for the past three years,” Amu mentioned in the letter.

Barala confirmed receiving a message through Whataspp but the party is yet to take a call on his resignation. “He has given the resignation from the post only not from the party,” Barala added.

The former BJP media chief’s comments (on the Padmavati team) had ignited controversy and had also led him to get booked by police in Gurgaon. The Haryana BJP chief had also threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the TMC chief would face a fate similar to Surpanakha if she continued to support Bhansali’s magnum opus. The reaction came after Mamata tweeted in support of the film ‘Padmavati’. “We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” she wrote on Twitter.