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NCP minister keen to have Bachchan for event

Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 20:40

Mumbai: Congress leaders, including
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, may be avoiding being
seen with actor Amitabh Bachchan but alliance partner NCP is
all out to woo the superstar for the inauguration of an event.

A senior minister of the Sharad Pawar-led party has in
fact, dashed off a letter to Bachchan, telling him that folks
in his constituency are ready to re-adjust an event date to
suit his convenience.

NCP leader and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil
had invited Bachchan in December last year for inaugurating a
modern drama theatre at Islampur in Sangli district.

On March 11, Patil sent another letter to the actor,
saying the municipal council at Islampur had discussed the
issue and wanted to get the theatre opened by Bachchan`s
`auspicious hands`.

Bachchan on Sunday posted Patil`s reminder on his blog,
saying "I wonder what one must make of this, or rather what
does one do. I think that if my presence brings discomfort,
then I must need some advice and that is what I seek."

Chavan reportedly avoided sharing dais with Bachchan, who
is brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, after the controversy
over their joint appearance at the inauguration of the
Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai.

Public works (undertakings) minister Jaidatt Kshirsagar,
who had invited Bachchan to the sea link inauguration, is also
from NCP.

Yesterday, Chavan visited the Marathi literary meet at
Pune to avoid sharing the dais with Bachchan. He was
originally expected to be present at the concluding session of
the meet along with Bachchan on Sunday.


First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 20:40

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