Abhishek blackout: BJP dubs Congress as fascist party
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 19:06
New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday accused the Congress of being "fascist", claiming workers of the ruling party had forcibly removed posters of actor Abhishek Bachchan at a function in Delhi.

The main opposition party also criticised the Congress for declaring Amitabh Bachchan as a "persona non-grata" and alleged that the party has meted out similar treatment to singer Kishore Kumar during Emergency.

"His (Amitabh's) son was on invitation (in Delhi) to attend a programme. He was asked not to come and Congress workers went on a rampage removing posters, banners. It was hooliganism uncontrolled," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman told reporters here.

"The Chief Minister of Delhi does not even condemn the incident? Possibly she was happy that she was not seen around with the son of the artiste," she wondered.

A controversy was triggered after Amitabh Bachchan, in a blog entry, claimed posters and a audio-visual clip featuring his son Abhishek were removed from the venue WWF's Earthhour event at India Gate last evening.

The Earth Hour event was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit among others.

"The way in which the oldest party of the country has behaved only shows how untouchablilty is practised by the Congress party and that is the direct outcome of the fascist character of the party," Seetharaman said.

She said that the Bachchans have been declared "persona non-grata" by the Congress party only because of the differences they have with "one family of the Congress party."


First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 19:06

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