Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in reply to the BJP’s request to make the movie tax-free in the state, said that Vivek Agnihotri should upload The Kashmir Files on Youtube so that everyone can watch it for free.
Making TKF Tax-free in Delhi
The Kashmir Files, a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s, has been made tax-free in at least eight states. On the same, few Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders had approached Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to do the same in the state. However, the latter denied doing such actions.
In the budget session of the Delhi Assembly on Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal slammed the BJP for their demand.
“They are asking to make The Kashmir Files tax-free. Well, put it on YouTube it will be free,” said Mr. Kejriwal. As he said the whole Delhi assembly exploded into laughter and the thumping of desks.
“Why are you requesting us to make it tax-free. If you are so inclined, ask Vivek Agnihotri to put it on YouTube, it will all be free. Everyone will be able to see it in a day. Where is the need to make it tax-free,” Kejriwal said.
“Some people have made crores in the name of Kashmiri Pandits and you have been given the work of just putting up the posters,” Kejriwal said while addressing the BJP.
Vivek Agnihotri’s film has been declared tax-free in most BJP ruled states including Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand.
Disclaimer : Vivek Agnihotri and BJP people shouldn't watch this video. pic.twitter.com/ablQfhdl9M
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) March 24, 2022
Responding to Mr. Kejriwal’s comments, BJP leader BL Santosh pointed out that the Chief Minister had earlier declared “Nil Batte Sannatta” and “Sand Ki Aankh” tax-free and urged people to watch it.
“Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal asks @vivekagnihotri to upload #KashmirFiles on YouTube .. Why tax concessions ..? That doesn’t apply for other films .. Shame on you Ad CM …. Shame,” tweeted BL Santosh spotlighting the Chief Minister’s earlier tweets.
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