Coming out in defence of old friend Amitabh Bachchan, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday said the actor has done nothing wrong by attending the inauguration of the second phase of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
"Amitabh hasn't committed a crime by attending the event," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', headed Congressmen Need Khan, Not Amitabh.
Lambasting Congress for 'treating the actor as an untouchable,' Thackeray said, "Shah Rukh Khan, who took cudgels on behalf of Pakistanis, will do for Congress, which is allergic to Amitabh." Thackeray describes Bachchan as Indian cineworld's uncrowned emperor.
"Amitabh attending the function only added to the prestige of the event," Thackeray said on the actor sharing the dais with Congress leaders at the sealink function.
Bachchan is not a thief, dacoit or a terrorist, Thackeray said. The presence of Bachchan at the inauguration of second phase of the sealink a couple of days back had sparked a controversy with Congress leaders from Mumbai taking objection to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan sharing platform with the actor who is a brand ambassador for BJP-ruled Gujarat.
"Amitabh is targeted because he is brand ambassador of Gujarat. Ambani and Tata who live in Mumbai have invested heavily in Gujarat. Will anyone from Congress ask them why were they investing in Narendra Modi's Gujarat," Thackeray said.
The actor belongs to the nation and will remain so, he said.
Thackeray writes: “Whatever Amitabh has earned is by dint of his labour, and whatever the chief minister and other ministers have earned is by dint of Sonia Gandhi's favours. With Bachchan joining the event, it acquired greater prestige. Ashok Chavan has been instructed not to go to any event where Amitabh goes. Is Amitabh a dacoit, a thief or a terrorist? Is he an untouchable? Amitabh is investing in Gujarat. Ambani has also invested there. Has the government the courage to question them? Bachchan does not need Sonia's certificate.”