This particular episode of KBC had actor Anup Soni and social activist Bezwada Wilson in the hot seat Credit: File image

Abhimanyu Pawar, a BJP MLA from Maharashtra has approached the police seeking action against Amitabh Bachchan and the makers of the show Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 12 on Tuesday. The reason: allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.

The legislator from Ausa in Latur district in his complaint to Latur SP Nikhil Pingle said that action should be taken against “Big-B” and Sony Entertainment Television over a question which was asked during Friday’s Karamveer special episode.

Pawar tweeted, “There was an attempt to insult Hindus and create discord between Hindus and Buddhists who have been living in harmony.” He also posted a copy of his two-page letter to the police along with the tweet.

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This particular episode had actor Anup Soni and social activist Bezwada Wilson in the hot seat. Bachchan then asked the following question, “On 25th December 1927, Dr. B R Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture? The options were: (A) Vishnu Purana (B) Bhagavad Gita, (C) Rigved, and (D) Manusmriti.” The question was for the prize money of Rs 6.4 lakh.

Bachchan then added, “In 1927, Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu text Manusmriti to ideologically justify caste discrimination and untouchability and burned its copies.” Pawar in his police complaint added, “All the four options pertained to Hindu religion. It is clear that the motive behind this question was to hurt the sentiments of Hindus.” He even stated that this question spreads the message that Hindu religious scriptures are meant for burning and triggers enmity between Hindus and followers of Buddhism.

The question raised some eyebrows of netizens who accused KBC of “running a leftist propaganda.” Many were of the view that the question hurt Hindu sentiments. “Innocent kids, learn this is how culture wars are won. It’s called coding,” tweeted filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri.

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