Big B, Amitabh Bachchan v/s Ashok Chauhan
There was a news story in English daily; Hindustan Times at page no.9 – carriageway of the Bandra-Worli sealink, which was inaugurated by Ashok Chauhan, the chief minister of Maharastra, and Amitabh Bachchan was also present on the dais at that time. Some senior congress leaders objected to the presence of Amitabh there, and lodged their complaint with Sonia Gandhi, president of congress. It is evident, there is a coalition Govt. in Maharastra, coalition between congress and NCP.
Sonia Gandhi had immediately sought explanation from Chauhan. He said, ‘I don’t know how Amitabah was present in the function.’ It is evident that the differences between Rajiv Gandhi and Amitabh’s family had developed for twenty years; the first part of the carriageway of Bandra-Worli sealink had been thrown open to public last year by Sonia, and the carriageway had been named after Rajiv. The president of the state unit of congress also told that he didn’t know about the presence of Amitabh at the function.
Hindustan construction company, the private builder constructed the sealink along with Maharastra state road development corporation, claimed that the actor had been invited by the NCP to add glamour to the event. ‘NCP’s other choice was Sachin Tendulkar’, said a HCC official requesting anonymity.
Above was the brief of the news story; in a nut-shell congress wanted to know the name of the man who invited Amitabh. The question arises why congress is irked on this issue. Amitabh is a renowned actor, and loved by millions of people in the country and abroad too. If he was present in the function he had certainly been invited. This is really bad to insult the honorable guest in such a way. If congress party is actually in grief, the party should take strict action against the man concerned, whether he is the chief minister, state president of the congress or NCP.