Two months after getting reprieve from Allahabad High Court in the controversial land purchase in the district, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a girl's college in the name of his daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya in Barabanki at a function, which acquired a high political profile.
Bachchan, wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya alongwith Samajawadi Party leader Amar Singh and former (rpt) former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav attended the function which coincided with SP general secretary's birthday.
After the bhoomi pujan, Bachahan laid the foundation stone of 'Aishwarya Bachchan girls inter college'. Besides the glamour and glitz provided by the presence of the Bachchans, a galaxy of UNPA leaders N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), NC patron Farooq Abdullah and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and actress-turned-politician Jayaprada were present on the occasion.
"I am grateful, I have been given this honour by the elders in our family," said the Bollywood diva gracing the occasion but added it would have been better if grandfather Harivansha Rai Bachchan or grandmother Teji Bachchan, her father-in-law Amitabh or mother-in-law Jaya got it before her.
Amitabh had bought land in the village with the objective of setting up an inter college. The Allahabad High Court had about a month and half ago cleared Amitabh of all charges in the land deal and also ordered that no criminal or civil prosecution could be launched against him. The court also accepted Amitabh's plea of giving up his claim on the gram sabha land.
"I was however convinced when the elders told me that the place of the bahu (daughter-in-law) in this family is very important," Aishwarya said.
Large crowd had gathered at the venue with enthusiastic SP workers donning red cap raising slogans cheering their stars and leaders.
The function, which was organised by a Delhi-based NGO Nistha Foundation, whose chairperson is Jayaprada, also witnessed adoption of two girls by Bachchan, who announced to bear all their educational expenses.
The Allahabad High Court had about a-month-and-half ago cleared Amitabh of all charges in the land deal and also ordered that no criminal or civil prosecution could be launched against him.
The court had also accepted Amitabh's plea of giving up his claim on the gram sabha land. The school to be set up on 3.5 acres of land bought by Amitabh would impart education to girls initially up to 12th standard on CBSE pattern.
It would later be expanded into a degree college and will have facilities for imparting computer education, the organisers said.
The classesses were expected to begin from July this year, they said.