Mumbai: Filmmaker-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar has been approached by the youth wing of the Trinamool Congress to become a member of their advisory board for cultural activities.
Joining eminent personalities like Leander Paes and Sam Pitroda, Farhan is one of the eight members shortlisted on the 12 member committee to mentor the youth wing of national party TMC which is being led by Mamta Bannerjee’s nephew Abhishek Bannerjee.
The All India Trinamool Yuva, the national organisation recently floated by the TMC to attract youth, is planning a pan-nation drive, and also incorporating online application forums on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Talking to a daily about roping in more young and dynamic individuals from diverse fields, TMC MP-elect Derek O`Brien, said, “We want more and more young educated people to join politics. Farhan is excellent in his field of work; Leander is great in sports, so each of us will be sharing our experiences and our failures with the young members.”
However, Farhan tweeted, “The media has reported that I have joined the Trinamool Congress Youth Wing. The truth is that I have been asked to be a member on their advisory board for cultural activities in my capacity as actor/filmmaker. This is, in my understanding, an apolitical board. I hope this will clear my stand on this decision once and for all.”
When probed further, Farhan revealed, “I have agreed to be a member on the advisory board for cultural activities being set up by the Railway Ministry. I have no involvement with the Trinamool Congress Youth Wing.”