Actor Amitabh Bachchan is so disillusioned with politics that he turned down nomination to Rajya Sabha and offers to contest Lok Sabha election from any constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2004 and 2009. The offer was made by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The revelation has been made by Bachchan’s wife and SP Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan in a write-up for a book, Sangharsh Path, based on political life of socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Brijbhushan Tiwari. The book published by Katha Chitra Prakashan has been written by a Lucknow-based author Radheykrishn.
“Such instances came several times when Netaji (Mulayam) offered Rajya Sabha seat to Amitji, which he politely declined. Netaji again offered ticket from any Lok Sabha seat in 2004 and 2009, which he again declined,” Jaya, who has regarded Tiwari as her political guru, has written.
“Amitji is so disillusioned with politics that he does not even think about politics. In 1984, he had defeated H N Bahuguna from Allahabad. It was a miracle, no one had thought about it. In fact, it was Amitji’s victory and not of any party,” Jaya writes in her piece on Tiwari.
Amitabh had won from Allahabad in 1984 as Congress candidate.
The book also mentions Jaya’s statement: “Our family faced the trauma of getting cuts in Bofors deal. At that time a close member of our family had also commented against us. Even Babuji (Harivansh Rai Bachchan) had asked Amitji about it and he cried inconsolably. A campaign to malign our family continued. Amitji was not willing to give permission to me for joining politics, but he relented with condition that our family should not be affected in any manner.”
She also claimed that Sweden Police has given clean chit to her family in Bofors deal.
Jaya further claims in the write-up that “Due to my hesitant behaviour, I used to go to parliament with Professor Ramgopal and whenever he was busy somewhere, either I skipped going to parliament or return home earliest”.
“Leave aside other MPs, I did not interact much with those of my own party. After a news about abstaining members was published, which had my name at the top, Mulayam entrusted me to inform him about members of SP who skip parliament and thus I had to stay till proceedings were conducted,” Jaya writes in the book.