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Stop endorsing ‘donkeys of Gujarat’: Akhilesh on Amitabh Bachchan’s tourism ad

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday had a piece of advice for Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan: “Don’t advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat”.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 21, 2017 09:04 IST
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UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at an election rally in Amethi on Monday.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at an election rally in Amethi on Monday.(PTI)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has a piece of advice for Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan: “Don’t advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat”.

Without taking any names, the chief minister referred to the advertisement in which Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism, is seen inviting people to the state’s Wild Ass Sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch.

“Ek gadhe ka vigyapan aata hai. Main iss sadi ke sabse bade mahanayak se kahunga ke ab aap Gujarat ke gadhon ka prachar mat kariye (There’s an ad on TV which shows donkeys. I appeal to century’s biggest star, please stop endorsing the donkeys of Gujarat),” Akhilesh said.

“What will happen if the donkeys also start getting advertised?,” the UP CM later asked the audience.

The bitter remarks came at a time when parties are racing to the finish line of the state polls described by many as the semi-final before the 2019 Union election.