Objecting to actor Amitabh Bachchan hosting Modi government’s second anniversary celebrations on 28 May, the Congress said the actor shouldn’t take part in the event since his name figured in Panama Papers expose.
“Bachchan hosting the event sends wrong signal to investigating agencies. How can the PM share dais with such a person,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
“It is for the government to decide whether I should be a part of the event,” Bachchan reportedly said. Meanwhile, actor Rishi Kapoor had issued a statement expressing solidarity with Bachchan.
BJP leaders stepped out in defence of the actor. “People loved Bachchan more than Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, but this shouldn’t be a reason for Congress to be jealous,” Shahnawaz Hussain said.
“When many of its leaders are knee-deep in corruption, it comes as surprise that the grand old party is speaking of corruption in Bachchan’s context”, said BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said, “What the Congress has said about Bachchan is shocking. Sonia faces the National Herald case, but still shares the stage with many people.”