The Gandhi-Bachchan saga: Congress launches attack on Amitabh over Panama Papers

Congress party in Maharashtra launched an attack on Amitabh Bachchan demanding his removal as the ambassador of the 'Save Tiger project,' and from the advisory panel on the development of the Bandra Kurla Complex till his name is cleared in the Panama Papers scandal.

The 11.5 million confidential documents that provided information on offshore companies listed by corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca were leaked as Panama Papers and Bachchan's name figured in the leaks for allegedly having links with offshore entities. He later denied knowing any of the companies and claimed that his name has been misused.

Amitabh Bachchan. IBN Live

Amitabh Bachchan. IBN Live

Targeting the actor, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said while raising the issue in Lower House, said, "Till Bachchan gets a clean chit in the Panama Papers case, he should be removed as tiger brand ambassador as well as from advisory panel on the development of part of the Bandra Kurla Complex as International Finance and Services Centre."

Amitabh Bachchan has changed his political affiliations many times. According The Open magazine, after his friendship with the Gandhi family soured, he was seen in the company of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh. It got Jaya Bachchan a Rajya Sabha seat, said the report. As Bachchan's friendship blossomed with Narendra Modi, Amar Singh quickly faded away, added the report. This is, however, not the first time Bachchan has been targeted by the Congress.

The Gandhis and Bachchans were friends for a long time. According to Outlook, before getting married to Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia stayed with the Bachchans for seven weeks till the wedding. In fact, it was upon Rajiv Gandhi's insistence that Amitabh Bachchan contested the election from Allahabad on Congress ticket and even won the seat, as per India Today.

Cracks in their friendship began to appear when Bachchan quit politics over Bofors. Things only went downhill after Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. As per Outlook, the Bachchan's were disappointed in the fact that the Gandhi family did not extend any help when Amitabh Bachchan ran into financial trouble. The final nail on the coffin was when the Bachchans became friends with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh. The report added that Jaya Bachchan's outburst that the Gandhis have betrayed them was believed to be prompted by Amar Singh.

The Bachchans were served income tax notices in 2006. Amitabh Bachchan came under attack again when he became Gujarat's brand ambassador. The DNA reported that the Congress accused him of endorsing Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister's role in the Gujarat 2002 riots. The Gandhi-Bachchan relationship dynamics has enough plot twists to make a good Bollywood flick.

Updated Date: Apr 08, 2016 15:40 PM

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