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National Film Awards 2018 LIVE Updates: Boycott For First Time By Selected Awardees, Ministry Says Over 50 Winners Have Not Attended

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Last Updated: May 03, 2018, 19:21 IST

Image: Twitter/ PIB

Image: Twitter/ PIB

I&B Minister Smriti Irani personally tried to pacify the winners who made their displeasure apparent during Wednesday’s rehearsal, and the ceremony is expected to see a marked absenteeism, with 68 winners having decided to abstain from attending.

The ongoing National Film Awards ceremony has found itself in the middle of controversy. Winners awards were left fuming on Wednesday, one day prior to the prestigious awards ceremony (to be held at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan today evening), after they were informed that President Ram Nath Kovind will only be presenting awards to 11 out of the total 140 recipients. Over 50 awardees are reportedly boycotting the awards, while over 60 awardees have reportedly written a letter in protest. The President’s office has issued a statement in response. According to the statement, President Kovind, since he first assumed the office, has always allotted only one hour to award ceremonies, no matter what their nature.

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