Samajwadi Party on Wednesday disowned that it has prepared superstar Amitabh Bachchan's publicity advertisement which are being telecast on electronic channels. Bachchan's "rebirth" advertisement shot on the banks of Ganga is packed with SP's poll content.
Announcing the entry of another BSP defector MLA from Binawar (Badayun) Bhupendra Singh into the party the SP general secretary and PWD Minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav told newsmen in Lucknow on Wednesday "TV Channels have not sent us any bill". Yadav, who recently shot into limelight for "Nithari-small-and-routine-incident" statement, said "the party has neither sponsored Bachchan's ad nor paid for it". Yadav said "there is no publicity of the party in the advertisement".
He said "I don't know who is paying for the ad on electronic channels". He said "even the party had not paid for shooting of the film". Interestingly Bachchan's hoardings with the same advertisement theme carry the pictures of the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh.
Yadav said the entry of Singh would strengthen the party in the district.
Bhupendra Singh said "BSP chief Mayawati had denied assembly ticket to him". The Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal, who was also present at the press conference, opposed the statement of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for talks with United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). Agarwal said "the party is opposed to talks with any terrorist group in the country". He said "terror groups should be dealt with strictly".
Welcoming the Congress decision to vote against the trust motion on the floor of the House, Agarwal said "Congress has joined hands with the BJP and BSP". He, however, announced that SP would not withdraw support to the Congress-led UPA government at the centre. He said the opposition parties would not be able to dislodge the government as the SP had enough MLAs to prove majority.
Agarwal also demanded that the election commission should announce the assembly election dates as electoral rolls had been published. Referring to racist comments against film actress Shilpa Shetty in London, Agarwal said "it is a result of the weak policies of the UPA government". He said "Indians are being insulted abroad because of UPA government's surrender before the US".
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