Why this BJP leader doubled the bounty on Deepika Padukone's head despite being a "big fan"

Padmavati controversy: In an interview to the Indian Express, Suraj Pal Amu said 'he is a light-hearted man, is sad with all the politics.'

After announcing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s head earlier this week, Haryana BJP’s chief media coordinator, Suraj Pal Amu says he’s a very ‘light-hearted man and is really sad at all the politics’.

The forty-nine-year-old Amu revealed why he jumped into the controversy and doubled the prize money of Rs 5 crore offered by a Meerut man on beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali in an interview to the Indian Express.

Suraj Pal Amu said,

I was speaking at an event to commemorate the 121st establishment day of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha of which I am a member. I had heard about the Rs 5 crore being offered by a man from Meerut and I simply asked the crowd if that should be doubled. They all cheered. We did not want to dishonour anybody.

He further claimed that he belonged to the gotra (clan) of Lord Ram. On being asked why he was protesting against the movie that he hadn’t even watched, he said,

Padmavati’s trailer was shown in the interval… Padmavati’s husband Raja Ratan Singh looked like a goat and Alauddin Khilji looked like a monster. I and my friends walked up to the staff and asked them to remove the film’s poster. I tore it up, very gently.”

So much for being light-hearted.

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As per the report, Suraj Pal Amu further stated that Deepika Padukone is ‘desh ki beti, jo zidd par add gayi hai’ (daughter of the nation, who has acting stubborn). Moreover, he says he is a fan of Deepika and thoroughly loved her acting in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

One of Deepika Padukone’s fan has filed an FIR against Amu in Gurgaon and even the National Commission of Women (NCW) has written a letter to the Haryana DGP regarding the threats but Amu seems not to care about such things.

When asked about these cases, Amu’s responded that he regularly rubbed shoulders with the BJP top brass and also claimed to have driven Narendra Modi to meetings in Sohna in the mid-1990s.

Asked if BJP was supporting him, he said,

MP CM Shivraj Singh has sought a ban on the film…the notice that the BJP sent me is not a very serious one.

Padmavati was slated to release on December 1 but the producers deferred its release after CBFC did not certify the film citing ‘incomplete application’.

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