If you are in power and you don’t abuse your power, what’s the point of being in politics?
The Congress Party which is part of the ragtag coalition government with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, on Thursday flexed its muscles against some Bollywood bigwigs saying if they did not speak up against the Modi government on the rising fuel prices, they would be stopped from shooting any film in the state.
Dropping names like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, the Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole said that people like Bachchan and Kumar spoke non-stop and tweeted relentlessly against the former Congress-led UPA government at the Center whenever the fuel price took a jump.
“Where are Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar today? Why are they silent on the issue now that one liter of petrol costs above Rs. 100? These people were very critical of the Manmohan Singh government but now they are completely mute,” said Padole adding if they did not speak out against the anti-national policies of the Modi government and the rising cost of fuel in India then they will be stopped from shooting any film in Maharashtra.
Not to be rattled by such threats, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Maharashtra Sudhir Mungantiwar fired back saying Amitabh Bachchan was not afraid of dealing with Gabbar Singh in ‘70s blockbuster film Sholay and he was not going to be intimidated by the threats of the Congress leaders.
Who wants to tell Mungantiwar (anti-war?) that Gabbar Singh was a fictional character and not a real dacoit and at the end of the day, both Bachchan and Amjad Khan were great friends?