“Shah Rukh Khan Victimised”: Mamata Banerjee Hits Out At BJP In Mumbai



Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cited the “victimisation” of megastar Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai today before a huge audience that included political leaders, social activists, former high court judges and celebrities. Calling BJP a “cruel and undemocratic party”, she underscored the need of unity and sought advice and guidance for the battle ahead.

“India loves manpower not muscle power. We are facing a cruel undemocratic party the BJP. If we are together, we will win,” said the Trinamool chief, is on a two-day visit to the state.

“Mahesh ji (film director Mahesh Bhatt), you have been victimised, Shah Rukh Khan has also been victimised. If we have to win, we have to fight and speak out wherever you can. You guide us and give us advice as a political party,” Ms Banerjee said.

Invoking Bengal’s iconic poet Rabindranath Tagore and his poem on Maratha king Shivaji, she  added that there is already a “bridge” between Bengal and Maharashtra.  

The Trinamool chief’s mega victory against the BJP’s mighty election machinery has catapulted her towards the national stage. And with a steady stream of leaders joining her party – mostly at the cost of the Congress – she appears to be heading for the political space occupied by the Congress and become the political fulcrum for a united opposition charge against the BJP in 2024.

Her meet today was attended by former High Court judges Shafi Parkar and Abhay Thipse, Tushar Gandhi, activists Teesta Setalvad and Medha Patkar, former Congress leader Sanjay Jha, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Shatrughan Sinha, author Shobha De and a fair sized contingent from Bollywood including Swara Bhaskar, Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma.

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