Actor Mithun Chakraborty, a former Rajya Sabha member of the Trinamool Congress, is likely to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata tomorrow. It is not yet clear whether the film actor will campaign for the BJP in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections and he is likely to contest the elections. The event comes on Sunday, a few days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met him at a Mumbai bungalow on February 16, sparking speculation that he would change his allegiance.
However, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijaywarkia did not co-operate. “There will be only General and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be the biggest celebrity. We welcome those who come in. If Mithun Chakraborty comes, we will welcome him,” he said.
However, BJP sources said that Mr Chakraborty was one of the many key faces used by the party against the rule of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
State BJP vice-president Jai Prakash Majumdar said many Bengalis were important inside and outside the state who were concerned about the downward decline of Bengal under Mamata Banerjee. “Emperor Mithun was one of them.”
The 70-year-old has a huge fan base in the state, especially after his 2006 film, MLA Fadakeshto, With his famous line, “Marbo Ekane, Lush Borbe Shoshane“(” I will beat you here, your body will be found in hell “).
Sharda left the Rajya Sabha after coming to power for two years as Sid was embroiled in a financial case. The Enforcement Directorate has questioned the Rs 1.2 crore he received as a brand ambassador for a TV news channel funded by the actor-crew. He returned the money to the investigating agency and withdrew from the upper house due to ill health.
What he has to say about Trinamool and Ms. Banerjee from Mr. Modi’s platform tomorrow will be important.
Besides, there are reports that some more prominent Bengali faces will join the BJP in the coming weeks. The state election will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29, the results of which will be announced on May 2.