Sources said that Amitabh Bachchan going to host the second-anniversary event of BJP at India Gate, but Amitabh Bachchan denied on that and informed that he will be hosting a small segment of the mega bash of the BJP, a programme based on the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign of which he is the brand ambassador.
Bachchan lined in Congress Fire
Bachchan however denied hosting the show while talking to a leading television channel, informing that he has been invited as a 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.
Congress questions BJP
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 Modi ji… 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.
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.