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Karni Sena's U-Turn, Refuses To Withdraw Protest Against Padmaavat

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| February 4 , 2018 , 15:06 IST

Padmaavat makers were able to breathe a sigh of relief when Karni Sena announced the withdrawal of protests against the film on Saturday. However, their happiness was short-lived as the fringe group's chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi dismissed such reports.

Banishing any idea of Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena being proud of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, Kalvi clarified that the protests against Padmaavat wouldn't be withdrawn and the notification going around the same are "fake" circulated by "fake Karni Senas".

Talking to a leading news agency, SRRKS chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi confirmed, "There are many fake Karni Senas emerging in India. At present, there are eight such entities operating in the country with vested interests."

He further went on to claim that Bhartiya Janata Party's recent defeat in Rajasthan's bypolls pertained to the party's disrespectful approach towards Karni Sena's stand against Padmaavat's release. Kalvi claimed, "Congress won with a big margin while BJP was a loser on its home turf."

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Pointing towards the "duplicacy" of matters pertaining to the Karni Sena's functioning, he emphasised that there is "only one Rajput Karni Sena operating in India and I proudly say that I am the founder of that organisation".

Warming against the functioning of similarly named organisations, Kalvi notified, "other duplicate Karni Senas are creating a dubious situation by releasing contradictory and fake news." "We started the initial protests against the release of the film, which we still continue to do," he added.

Karni Sena leader Gogamedi also refused to accept any such reports and had called an "emergency meeting" on February 6 to discuss their further course of action. He further confirmed that their protest against the movie will continue.

Karni Sena's Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar confirmed that few members of the group watched the film on the directions of the organisation’s national president Sukhdev Singh on Friday and conveyed that the film glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput.