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Big B condemns Gill's remark on torch relay

Amitabh Bachchan slams Sports Minister MS Gill for criticising the participation of politicians and actors in the Olympic torch relay, saying it is useless to argue with the government.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2008 15:12 IST

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday took exception to Union Sports Minister M S Gill's remarks about participation of politicians and actors in the Olympic torch relay run in the Capital on Wednesday.

"He (Gill) is the sports minister. Who will dare to argue with him? They are the government," Bachchan told NDTV when asked about Gill's comment on the issue.

Gill had disfavoured invitation to politicians and film stars for the April 17 relay, saying they have little right to hog the limelight in the event.

He had said only athletes with distinguished careers and budding sportspersons should carry the torch.

However, IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi had contested Gill's view, saying citizens from all walks of life could run in the event.