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West Bengal: Eminent actors, filmmakers call for defeat of BJP, Trinamool in Lok Sabha elections

West Bengal: Eminent actors, filmmakers call for defeat of BJP, Trinamool in Lok Sabha elections

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Apr 2019, 03:06 pm

Kolkata, Apr 10 (IBNS): Eminent members of the civil society in West Bengal have echoed the recent statement made by Naseerudin Shah, Girish Karnad, Amol Palekar and other noted personalities connected to the arts that urged people to not vote for the BJP.

A statement by noted personalities in West Bengal, including filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, actors Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Kaushik Sen, and filmmaker Anik Dutta, have appealed to the public to ensure the defeat of both the "Fascist" BJP and "autocratic" Trinamool.

"For the sake of democracy, India's noted filmmakers, artists, authors and thinkers have called for voting out the BJP, which promotes religious intolerance and hate," the statement by the West Bengal personalities state.

Recently, Anik Dutta's political satire 'Bhobishyoter Bhoot' had been removed from cinemas shortly after release. It returned to cinemas last week armed with a Supreme Court order.

"The spread of communal sentiments in West Bengal, competitive communalism across the state, stopping the public from exercising their franchise in the panchayat elections, blatantly using muscle power to stop people from expressing their opinions, etc. are also carried out by the ruling Trinamool in West Bengal," it says.

"To protect democracy, we, the people of the state, appeal to the public to defeat the Fascist BJP and the autocratic Trinamool in the 17th Lok Sabha elections," it adds.