Raj attacks Sena, says MNS won't oppose SRK flick
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray today targeted the Shiv Sena for not criticising Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan despite sharing a dais with Pakistani artistes while spewing fire at Shah Rukh Khan for his advocacy of Pakistani cricketers.mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2010 16:46 IST
Slamming Shiv Sena's attack on Shahrukh Khan for speaking in favour of Pakistani cricket players, MNS chief Raj Thackeray today said why megastar Amitabh Bachchan was not targeted for sharing dais with an actor from the neighbouring country.
"Recently, Amitabh Bachchan shared dais with Pakistani actor Zia Mohyeddin in a media-sponsored programme. But the issue was not raised like that of Shahrukh Khan," Raj told reporters here.
Terming Bachchan's behaviour as a 'duplicity', Raj said, "Amitabh refused to accept honour from an Australian
university last year (to protest attacks on Indians there), then how can he share dais with Pakistani actor when terrorists from the same country attacked us."
Asked if he wants Big B also to apologise, Raj said, "No. I have no such expectations from Amitabh."
Taking a dig at the megastar, Raj said, "If Shahrukh's (remarks on Pakistani players) was a publicity stunt, the same
is true about Amitabh also."
Bachchan is part of a peace initiative 'Aman ki Asha' aimed at promoting good ties with the neighbouring country. He
has faced criticism in the past from MNS which accused him of ignoring Maharashtra where he earned name and fame.
Raj said his party is not going to take part in the ongoing agitation against Shahrukh Khan and would concentrate
on working in the interest of Marathi people.
On the Government's stand on the issue, Raj said it is true that the law and order situation is not good but would
not like to speak anything on handling of the matter.