Roopa Ganguly joins BJP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 12:20 IST

Sita, Ram and Krishna had already joined the BJP. Now the saffron party has got Draupadi. Actor Roopa Ganguly joined the BJP, saying she wanted to do something about India’s problems rather than sit and criticise. She gained cult popularity for playing Draupadi in the television series Mahabharat.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley handed over the party flag to Ganguly, formally inducting her into the BJP fold. ”Why shouldn’t I? Should I only sit at home and criticise? Why shouldn’t I actually do something about it? Why shouldn’t I try? I want to do some good and work for the development of my country,” the actor told the media when quizzed on her decision to join the BJP.

Ganguly is recognised for her roles in films like Padma Nadir Majhi by Gautam Ghose, Yugant by Aparna Sen and Antarmahal by Rituparno Ghosh. She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for Abosheshey.

The 48 year old said she believes in making a clear distinction between the right and the wrong which would help her in doing good politics. “I follow some principles. I am very straight forward. I try to do at least one good deed every day. And try to come to the aid of people. I try to make them smile. “I believe in drawing a thick line between right and wrong... then it would be easy to do politics,” she added.

The entire country used to come to a stop when Mahabrata was screened on television. “I will stand against all wrongs. I will try to be by the side of people’s cause and do my best as a member of the opposition party in Bengal,” Ganguly said.

Sita played by Deepika Chikhalia in the serial Ramayan joined politics and became Lok Sabha MP from Baroda in 1991 on a BJP ticket. Ram played by Arun Govil too joined BJP but did not contest elections.

Nitish Bharadwaj essayed the role of Krishna in Mahabharat.

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