After repeated attempts to get the Global Citizen Festival concert scrapped or postponed; the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) plans to get Hotplay – a moniker given by the party to a traditional dhol band – to perform the adjoining lanes leading to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), the venue where British rock band Coldplay is scheduled to perform on 19 November, reports Hindustan Times.
NCP termed it farce on grounds that poverty cannot be controlled by organizing such concerts and the state government should not have given concessions to them.
Congress party spokesman Nawab Malik said, "You can see our (Hotplay) performance for free. No liquor will be served and people can enjoy as much as they can. We will seek permissions from all authorities concerned and will perform even if permissions are denied."
Earlier, Congress Mumbai unit president Sanjay Nirupam had called upon state election commissioner JS Saharia and demanded that the concert either be postponed in the view of the election code of conduct being in force or given permission after the poll process is completed.
Other opposition parties in Maharashtra have alleged that the BJP-led state government was trying to derive political mileage ahead of local civic polls from the Coldplay concert.
The Global Citizen Festival concert will have Coldplay, Jay-Z, The Vamps, A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Monali Thakur, Shraddha Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif performing among others.