Bhujbal Downplays Big B-Sealink Controversy

Bhujbal Downplays Big B-Sealink Controversy
Downplaying the controversy over presence of megastar Amitabh Bachchan during inauguration of the second phase of the Bandra-Worli sea link, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal today said there is no difference of opinion in the state government over the issue.

"There is no difference of opinion in the state government over the issue. The PWD minister (public undertakings) had invited Bachchan for the programme like other invitees. The sealink was inaugurated by the Chief Minister," Bhujbal informed the Legislative Council.

The row surrounding Bachchan's presence in the programme found its resonance in the Legislative Council also, as Opposition Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe raised the issue.

She said the media reported the incident and the House members would like to know what happened.

Objecting to Gorhe, Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap said there are other topics on the poor and the downtrodden in the state to be discussed in the House.

"Is the Bachchan issue so important to be debated here?" he asked.

Sena MLC Kiran Pawaskar said, "After 26/11 terror attacks, the then chief minister lost his post for taking along Bollywood director Ram Gopal Verma (to survey damage in Taj hotel). We are worried that Chavan should not meet the same fate due to Bachchan".

Congress was upset with Bachchan's presence at the programme that took place on Wednesday.

The party's Mumbai president Kripashankar Singh told reporters later, "I want to clarify, neither the Mumbai Congress nor was I consulted before inviting Amitabh Bachchan."

"I have appraised the party high command of the issue," he added.

Bachchan is the brand ambassador of another state and hence some people were not happy with him being invited, Chavan had said.

Bachchan wrote in his blog that "a fresh controversy has been rapidly manufactured" on his involvement in the sealink function. He had been invited by a Minister in the Government to attend the function, he had said.
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