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After taking swipe at Jaya, Amar Singh rallies behind Amitabh

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 17:48

Pune: After suggesting that Jaya Bachchan
should quit Samajwadi party and join him, expelled SP leader
Amar Singh today rallied behind Amitabh Bachchan asking how
can the superstar tell the country who is guilty for the
Gujarat riots.

Sharing the dais with Amitabh two days after he took a
swipe at his wife for still remaining with Mulayam Singh
Yadav`s party, Amar took on the Congress saying the Supreme
Court will have to take a decision on the 2002 riots and has
the authority to do so. Amar slammed the Bollywood star`s
detractors for doubting his secular credentials.

The coming together of Amitabh and Amar today assumed
significance amid reports of a rift between the ex-SP leader
and the Bachchan family.

Amitabh faced the strongest ever criticism yet from the
Congress yesterday for his association with Narendra Modi
-ruled Gujarat as brand ambassador of that state. In a
hard-hitting poser, the Congress dared him to tell the country
as to who was responsible for the riots in Gujarat.

"Amitabh`s secular credentials are beyond doubt as he
carries on his father`s (Harivanshrai) legacy," he said at a
function of the Symbiosis Institute`s College of Mass
Communication, about 40 kms from here. Singh, a Rajya Sabha
MP, was also engrossed in a talk with Amitabh on the dais.

Singh said Amitabh was as an artiste, a "global icon
who transcended geographical and cultural barriers of states
and nations."

"He belongs to Maharashtra, Bengal, UP...and also
Egypt..and the whole world. Amitabh is never afraid of
criticism and answers it with politeness...maintains silence",
he said, adding that the actor believed in `Ekala Chalo
re...`, a saying of Rabindranath Tagore because truth always

Amitabh, who inaugurated a studio of the institute,
described Amar Singh--who voiced his unhappiness over Jaya
Bachchan, MP, remaining with SP--as his "younger brother". On
Sunday, Singh had said that he "misses" Jaya Bachchan and
wants her to join him since she too was unhappy with party
affairs, suggesting that she should quit SP.

During an interaction with students, the actor was asked
how he viewed criticism against him. "Criticism is essential
for life. We learn from mistakes. I take criticism in good
spirit and learn from it", Amitabh ssaid.

The Big B said he drew inspiration from criticism and
had advised his son Abhishek, to practice the same philosophy
when his work evoked negative comments.

To a query, Amar Singh said emotions had no part to play
in politics which is a cruel game.

"I am not a political stalwart. I went by sentiments
in politics. I suffered and also benefited....", he added.

Singh responding to a question told the audience that
he had not decided on his future political direction so far as
to whether he would join a party for form a new one.

"It depends on what my supporters feel. But one thing
is certain that I would always remain committed to secular
politics," he added.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 17:48

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