After former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh claimed Amitabh Bachchan had “warned” him not to accept wife Jaya Bachchan into his party, the Bollywood superstar on Thursday said Singh is a “friend” and can say anything. “He is a friend, he has a right to say whatever he wants, about me,” the 73-year-old actor said.
It is reported that Singh, who was once very close to the Bachchan family, had said at a recent event that Amitabh had once warned him not to accept Jaya in his political field considering her “inconsistent nature and habits”.
When asked to comment on the Panama Paper leaks and Bachchans involvement in them, he reportedly said, “I have made public vows in Bareilly two days ago. As far as Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan) is concerned, she has always given me utmost respect and Abhishek (Bachchan) has not uttered a single word against me. I don’t have any issue with Amitabh Bachchan. He actually warned me not to accept Jaya Bachchan in my political field considering her inconsistent nature and habits. But I did not adhere to his noble advice. He also warned me that she is very inconsistent in her ways so don’t expect any consistency as far as she is concerned.”
After the statement, he added, “Amitabh Bachchan’s names are there in the Panama papers or not that you should ask the government. It’s them to see if it is legal or illegal. I’m neither the chief minister or Prime Minister.”
Amitabh and daughter-in-law Aishwarya’s name have come up in the controversial Panama Papers leak of tax documents. Singh was very close to the Bachchan family in the past but had a fallout after the politician was expelled from SP. Jaya Bachchan is a Rajya Sabha member from the party.