Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday came out in support of the film fraternity who chose to skip the National Film Award ceremony, calling it ‘Central Government’s intolerance’.
Pinarayi Vijayan wrote on his Facebook page that what one witnessed on Thursday “was the intolerance of the Centre”. The government had insulted president Ram Nath Kovind by insisting that information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani should present most of the awards in a departure from convention, he added.
The artists who boycotted the function performed high social responsibility to the society by sacrificing their hour of honor for a fight against injustice. The Kerala CM remained silent on the award winners who chose to attend the event.
More than 65 awardees of the National Film Awards on Thursday skipped the ceremony held in the capital after a last-minute announcement that President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from tradition.
Playback singer K J Yesudas and director Jayaraj from Kerala attended the ceremony and accepted the awards.