Amit Shah meets Madhuri Dixit, Ratan Tata; meeting with Lata Mangeshkar cancelled
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Amit Shah meets Madhuri Dixit, Ratan Tata; meeting with Lata Mangeshkar cancelled

BJP president Amit Shah called on actress Madhuri Dixit at her residence in Mumbai as part of his party’s “Sampark se Samarthan” campaign and briefed her on the Modi government’s achievements.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2018 20:12 IST
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BJP president Amit Shah greets Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit at her residence in Juhu, Mumbai on Wednesday.(HT/Pramod Thakur)

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday called on industrialist Ratan Tata and actress Madhuri Dixit in Mumbai as part of his party’s “Sampark se Samarthan” (Contact for Support) campaign and briefed them on the achievements of the Narendra Modi government.

However, the BJP president’s scheduled meeting with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was cancelled as she was down with food poisoning. Mangeshkar tweeted in Hindi that she had spoken to Shah over telephone and expressed her inability to meet him since she had suffered food poisoning. She also requested that they can meet during his next visit to Mumbai.

“Aaj BJP ki adhyaksha mananeey @AmitShah ji se meri mulaqaat honewali thi parantu mujhe food poisoning hone ki wajah se maine unse telephone pe baat karke milne mein asamarthta vyakt ki aur agli baar jab bhi wo Mumbai aayenge tab unse milne ka nivedan kiya(sic),” the 88-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Shah, along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP leaders, called on Tata and Dixit at their residence in Mumbai. During the meetings, Shah presented them a booklet having the achievements of the BJP-led central government in the last four years.

Dixit’s husband Sriram Nene, a surgeon, was also present during the meeting at her residence.

“It was pleasant meeting noted Bollywood actress @MadhuriDixit and Dr Shriram Nene as part of the “Sampark se Samarthan” initiative at their home in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Have discussed the achievements and path breaking initiatives of PM @narendramodi govt in the last 4 years,” Shah tweeted.

Shah did not speak to reporters who had assembled outside Dixit’s residence in Juhu.

Upon his arrival in the city in the morning, Shah had a brief meeting with Fadnavis, Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve, education minister Vinod Tawde and BJP general secretary (organisation) Vijay Puranik at Rangsharda auditorium in suburban Bandra.

As part of the mega public drive, 4,000 BJP functionaries will contact one lakh people, who are well known in their respective fields, to spread the word about the NDA government’s programmes and policies launched since 2014.

Shah will himself meet 50 people as part of the campaign, the party had said earlier.

The BJP chief is also scheduled to meet Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in the evening.

Launching the “Sampark se Samarthan” campaign, Shah had met former army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap on May 29.

He has also met cricket legend Kapil Dev, former chief justice of India RC Lahoti and yoga guru Ramdev, who is associated with the Patanjali group of companies, as part of the campaign.

Shah had earlier said the campaign was aimed at informing the people about various initiatives of the government, which have resulted in raising their living standards.

First Published: Jun 06, 2018 16:09 IST