KOLKATA: Speculations are rife over the possibility of actor
joining PM Narendra Modi on the dais at
’s mega show at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata on Sunday.
Even as BJP seniors remained tight-lipped and would like to leave it to the actor like they did for BCCI president
, BJP state vice-president
said, “If Mithun Chakraborty comes, it’ll be good, both for Bengal and for the party. People will be happy if they see him sharing dais with the PM.” The actor has got the invitation for the rally.
Bengal BJP minder Kailash Vijayvargiya parried questions over the participation of “celebrities” in the rally. “Modiji himself is a celebrity,” he said.
A guessing game over Chakraborty joining BJP has been going on since February after RSS chief
paid a visit to the actor’s Madh Island residence and spoke for over an hour.
Chakraborty was a Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP in 2013. But he quit in 2015 after courting controversy for receiving money as the brand ambassador of a ponzi firm. The actor returned the entire money to the investigating agency and went back to Mumbai. The 70-year-old has fans in Bengal not just for his films. He is known for his philanthropic projects, even for the deprived. His old associates still recall the help they got from ‘Dada’ when they had hit the wall.