Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi dies of cardiac arrest in Rajasthan
Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi passed away on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest late at night on Monday. The Rajput leader was admitted to Sawai Man Singh Hospital for the past few days.
Kalvi also suffered a brain stroke in 2022 and was undergoing treatment for that. He suffered a heart attack yesterday late night. According to the reports, his funeral will be held at his ancestral village in Nagaur district’s Kalvi village later in the day.
Lokendra Kalvi, son of former Union Minister Kalyan Singh Kalvi, formed Karni Sena 18 years ago but he gained fame after a protest in 2018 against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat for alleged distortion of historical facts. A big aspect of the organization’s action has been its opposition to movies and other cultural expressions.
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Born in Kalvi village of Nagaur district in central Rajasthan, he completed his education at Mayo College in Ajmer. He had also been a national-level basketball player.
Lokendra contested the Lok Sabha elections in 1993 as an Independent and on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket in 1998. However, he lost both elections.
The Karni Sena was outraged with Salman Khan’s 2010 film Veer because they claimed that it maligned the Rajput community in a certain way. Earlier in 2008, Kalvi and his group attacked the Aishwarya Rai-starring film, Jodha Akbar, accusing them of interpreting history.
The Shree Rajput Karni Sena or Karni Sena was established by Kalvi in 2006 and is named after the goddess Karni Mata, who is worshipped across Rajasthan. The organization set out to achieve 11 objectives, including opposing any political or social malice against the Rajputs and opposing distortion of history. More than 7,00,000 people are reportedly enrolled members of Karni Sena.
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