Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, 'The Kerala Story' film poster | Photo: PTI, Special Arrangement
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday announced to give tax-free status to 'The Kerala Story' in the state, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the movie for bringing out terror conspiracies and used it to attack the Congress during a rally in Karnataka.
“We have already made a law against religious conversion in Madhya Pradesh. Since this film creates awareness, everyone should watch this film. Parents, children and daughters should watch it. That's why the Madhya Pradesh government is giving tax-free status to the movie ‘The Kerala Story',” Chouhan said.
The CM said that the film exposes the conspiracies of ‘love jihad', religious conversion and terrorism and its “hideous” face.
‘Love jihad' is a term often used by right-wing activists to allege a ploy by Muslim men to lure Hindu women into religious conversion through marriage.
This film tells how the daughters ruin their lives after getting entangled in the web of ‘love jihad' due to momentary sentimentality, said Chouhan and added, “This film also exposes the design of terrorism.”
In a rally in Ballari in poll-bound Karnataka, PM Modi said on Friday, “Such a beautiful state of the country, where people are hardworking and talented. The ‘Kerala Story' film brings out terror conspiracies happening in that state.”
“It is unfortunate that Congress can be seen standing with this terror trend that is seeking to ruin the country. Congress is even indulging in backdoor political bargaining with people having terror inclinations. People of Karnataka should be cautious about Congress,” added Modi.
Karnataka votes for a new assembly on May 10. The results will be announced on May 13.