Sena, BJP rake up CM-Bachchan issue
Two days after Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and actor Amitabh Bachchan shared the dais at the inauguration of the second carriageway of the Bandra-Worli sea link the controversy around it refuses to die, reports HT Correspondent.mumbai Updated: Mar 27, 2010 01:18 IST
Two days after Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and actor Amitabh Bachchan shared the dais at the inauguration of the second carriageway of the Bandra-Worli sea link the controversy around it refuses to die.
The issue came up in the Legislature on Friday.
Shiv Sena legislator, Neelam Gorhe raised it in the Council. Deputy Chief Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal said Bachchan the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation had invited Bachchan. “There are no differences among people in the government over the issue,” Bhujbal said.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had said on Thursday that he was unaware that Bachchan had been invited. City Congress chief, Kripashankar Singh, and others kept away because Bachchan is a brand ambassador for the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Gujarat and his relationship with the Gandhi family is strained.
Bachchan had said the controversy had been “manufactured”.
Gorhe also wanted to know whether Chavan has decided not to attend the Marathi literary meet in Pune because Bachchan has been invited too. Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Gurunath Kulkarni, said the meet was not a government function and whether to attend it or not is the CM’s decision.
Gorhe and Sena MLC, Diwakar Raote, said Bachchan was a “great asset” for the state.
The Opposition in the Assembly said the government, especially the Congress, had insulted the icon. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, Nana Patole, wanted to know why Bachchan was being treated badly. BJP legislator from Pune, Girish Bapat, who is also a member of the literary meet’s reception committee, said Congressmen were “behaving like children”.
Sena legislator, Kiran Pawaskar, said the issue was crucial since former chief minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, had lost his job because of the film industry. Deshmukh was sacked for taking filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma along to the Taj hotel to inspect the damage done by the 26/11 terror attacks.