Fringe group Karni Sena and various other Rajput groups have now been joined by Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel in the protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat.

Hardik Patel wrote an open letter to the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and said it is the duty of one and all to ensure that the honour of this Rajput community is not lowered (due to a film). As per the reports in media, he also urged the government to not screen the film in the state.

“We respect the Supreme Court of India but the Kshatriya community (Rajputs) offered their royal states at the feet of Ma Bharati (Mother India) with closed eyes in order to ensure the unity and strength of this country. Therefore, it is the duty of one and all to ensure that the honour of this Rajput community is not lowered (due to a film). If Padmaavat is released in Gujarat, the responsibility of the consequences and law and order will rest upon the government,” he wrote, according to Indian Express.

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Meanwhile, most of the theaters in Gujarat have voluntarily denied the screening of the film as the protests against the Bollywood film have turned violent.

Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh will hit the screens on 25 January.