Maharashtra Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan are trying their best to avoid sharing a stage with Amitabh Bachchan but leaders of alliance partner NCP have no qualms about inviting the superstar for events.
NCP leader and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil invited Bachchan in December last year to inaugurate a modern drama theatre at Islampur in his Sangli district. After Patil again invited Bachchan, the actor posted the minister’s reminder in his blog saying: “I wonder what one must make of this.”
“We want Amitabh to attend the function,” Patil said. However, Congress should not misunderstand the offer as “it was an invitation to an artist and had nothing to do with politics,” the minister said.
‘Cong gag on art reminder of emergency’
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday continued its attack on what it called the Congress’ ‘arrogance’ in targeting Amitabh Bachchan. The party said the attacks on artistes and art were an integral part of the Congress’ activities during the Emergency.
“A government white paper on the misuse of mass media during the Emergency shows how films like Sholay, Andolan, Aandhi, Kissa Kursi Ka and All the President’s Men were targeted,” said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy. “When Kishore Kumar refused to sing in the programme Geeton Bhari Shaam, his songs were banned from All-India Radio.”
He said the Congress’ present arrogance was a reminder of dark days of the Emergency.