Actor Mithun Chakraborty, who joined the BJP on Sunday, stated he doesn’t fancy the title of a “chief”, can’t reveal whether or not he’ll grow to be Chief Minister, however can promise that if the occasion involves energy in West Bengal, “every little thing will probably be turned on its head in six months”.
“I’m not a frontrunner. Don’t name me a BJP chief. I haven’t got the qualities to be a frontrunner. I solely say I’ve a frontrunner, I’ve spoken to him,” he advised NDTV, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at whose rally in Kolkata the 70-year-old joined the BJP, ending days and weeks of hypothesis.
“He has been very open to me. Prime Minister was with me for quarter-hour. And he advised me, ‘Yeh sarkar sabki sarkar hogi‘. That means we’re going to decide everyone the identical means,” Mr Chakraborty stated.
Firmly refusing to hazard a guess about his function if the BJP involves energy, he stated, “I’m undoubtedly now campaigning. Prime Minister advised me to start out on the twelfth. And subsequent, wait and see. I’m a person of protocol. I’ve bought leaders, we should respect them.”
Asked about his ideas on the state of Bengal, he stated, “It’s in a large number now. Bengal was an instance for everybody. Today, I really feel it isn’t there. Somewhere, we have now gone haywire. And we should come collectively to see that we get again these issues. And for that, we’d like a change. A actual change. Change for the folks.”
So what precisely does he wish to change? “Everything,” the actor stated, using a Bengali expression so as to add, “Everything will probably be turned on its head in six months.”
However, in an election marketing campaign outlined by coarse language and shrillness, Mr Chakraborty refused to take pictures at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“I’m sorry. I’m not right here to… I’ve by no means carried out it in my life. I by no means communicate unhealthy, I’ll by no means communicate unhealthy. I cannot criticise. That you can’t take from me,” he stated, when requested about his message for her.
The actor additionally defined his previous allegiances, with the Left after which Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and even the Congress at occasions.
“I’m not blaming anybody. I believe my determination was not proper. I used to be a fan of Jyoti Basu as a result of he all the time (labored) for the folks. I’ve campaigned for Pranab Mukherjee. I’ve campaigned for Vilasrao Deshmukh. But I’ve by no means been political. That’s why I say, ‘Don’t put me in a jar’,” he stated.
One of Bengal’s most beloved actors, Mithun Chakraborty was despatched to the Rajya Sabha by the Trinamool in 2014 however stop the occasion inside two years after he was named within the Saradha chit fund case, pleading poor well being.
There had been hypothesis the actor might be part of BJP and grow to be its face for Chief Minister within the Bengal Assembly election beginning later this month ever since Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the BJP’s ideological mentor – visited him at his bungalow in Mumbai on 16 February.
Whether he’s or not, the actor is among the many essential faces the BJP will pitch in its marketing campaign to oust Mamata Banerjee in Bengal.