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Amitabh Bacchan not to host Modi Govt’s 2nd Anniversary bash

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan informed that he will only host a small segment of the second anniversary of the Narendra Modi government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, of which he is the brand ambassador.

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Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday denied hosting the mega bash the BJP has planned to celebrate the second anniversary of the Narendra Modi government, and informed that he will only host a small segment of the programme based on the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, of which he is the brand ambassador.

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Congress questions Modi government

Earlier in the day the Congress had questioned the Modi government’s decision to associate Bachchan with the celebrations scheduled to take place on Saturday, pointing out that the actor’s name had come up in the Panama Papers controversy

“We want to question Modiji… he promised to bring back black money, promised to punish each person who was involved. Would it not send a wrong message to all investigative agencies when a person accused of money laundering is seen hosting a program to celebrate two years of the Modi government?” wondered Congressman Randeep Surjewala.

Bachchan in the line of Congress fire

Bachchan however denied hosting the show while talking to a leading television channel, adding that he had been invited as the brand ambassador of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.

“It is up to the government whether they want to have me there or not,” the actor said.

 




 

BJP’s clarification

Soon after the Congress attack, the BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain was ready with the party’s defence of Bachchan.

“Big B is a superstar and the people love him. The people of India love Big B more than Rahul Gandhi. The Congress does not need show its jealousy,” Hussain said, suggesting that the Congress was upset over losing out to the BJP in the recent state elections.

BJP MP and Bachchan’s Cheeni Kum co-star Paresh Rawal was among several politicians of the party who stood by Bachchan. Rawal said the Congress had no issue to raise at the moment and added this was a bogus issue like awards wapsi.

Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said Bachchan’s attending the celebratory gala would not impact the ongoing probe in the Panama Papers case, while Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma pointed out Bachchan was yet to be proven guilty by any law court.