On Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggested that The Kashmir Files be uploaded to YouTube to make it tax-free. The statement was a response to the BJP legislators’ demand to make the movie tax-free in the national capital.
BJP wants #TheKashmirFiles to be tax free.
Why not ask @vivekagnihotri to upload the whole movie on YouTube for FREE?
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) March 24, 2022
So far, the movie has been given a tax break in most of the BJP ruled states, including Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttarakhand.
Mr Kejriwal’s statements drew laughter and desk thumping from his fellow MLAs in the Delhi Assembly. He claimed that if the film was uploaded to YouTube, it would be tax-free and available to everyone for free viewing.
However, the BJP leader, BL Santosh, responded to Mr Kejriwal’s statement by pointing out that Mr Kejriwal had declared other movies tax-free. He further stated that the CM had declared movies such as “Nil Batte Sannatta” and “Sand ki Aankh” tax-free and urged the people to watch them.
Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal asks @vivekagnihotri to upload #KashmirFiles on YouTube .. Why tax concessions ..? That doesn’t applies for other films .. Shame on you Ad CM …. Shame . pic.twitter.com/AgJFkh8orx
— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) March 24, 2022
Mr Kejriwal’s statements had soon left Twitter divided.
निल बटे सन्नाटा, सांड की आंख, 83 और भी ऐसी कई सारी फिल्मों को टैक्स फ्री करते समय दिल्ली के मालिक को फिल्म को यूट्यूब पर डालने का दिव्य ज्ञान प्राप्त नहीं हुआ था pic.twitter.com/sS7jJcDcQt
— दलीप पंचोली🇮🇳 (@DalipPancholi) March 24, 2022
Genocides /Injustice happened to Hindus don't matter to @ArvindKejriwal what matters him is PR and supplying food and water to Rohingyas in Delhi @AamAadmiParty is synonym of Hypocrisy pic.twitter.com/XWQDpYPaas
— R (@Rit_789) March 24, 2022
He has all time to encourage and give review for movies like
👉 Nil Batte Sannate ( Was made tax free in Delhi)
— Ashish Kumar (@go4ashi) March 24, 2022
I think, shame on the Delhi people and Punjab people who voted to Kejriwal for free. Delhi voted him again and again for free bijli/pani. He is using Delhi tax payers money for own advertisement (indirectly bribing media). https://t.co/zkuRqReXe7
— Indian American (@rajpatel63) March 24, 2022
However, there were other users who supported Mr Kejriwal for his statements.
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) March 24, 2022
— Kamal Rashid Khan (@kamaalrkhan) March 24, 2022
Love him or hate him, what you like about Arvind Kejriwal is that he plays politics the way it should be played. To win.
Sorry Delhi, pay your taxes to watch Mr Modi’s favorite movie.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) March 24, 2022
— Ismat Ara (@IsmatAraa) March 24, 2022
— Shikha Kaul (@shikhakaul10) March 24, 2022
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