Congress laments Amitabh Bachchan turn-up for Modi anniversary event

The party lamented the superstar being chosen to participate in the event, celebrating Modi government’s two years in office, after the ‘Panama Papers’ revealed his offshore dealings

New Delhi: Congress yesterday sought to embarrass the Narendra Modi government on the association of Amitabh Bachchan with an event here on May 28 to mark its second anniversary at a time when the mega star is being probed in the Panama papers expose.

“Would it be fair? ...What message it would send to investigating agencies going into siphoning of funds abroad illegally when they see the Prime Minister sharing dais with the accused,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

Raising several questions over the issue, he wondered whether the mega star hosting the event, which is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not dilute the fight against black money.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

He recalled that the Prime Minister has time and again vowed to bring back black money stashed abroad and punish those guilty. During the poll campaign, BJP leaders had promised to deposit Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh in the bank accounts of every individual once the black money is uncovered.

The government is organising the event – ‘Zara Muskura Do’ (Smile Please) – which will have several performances and programmes highlighting its “achievements.” The show will be beamed across the country by Doordarshan. Various schemes and programmes, particularly Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India and Rural Electrification, will be highlighted during the show.

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