Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, ending all speculation over his political innings. The veteran actor reached the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a mega rally.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya met Chakraborty on Saturday evening at his Kolkata residence and announced that the actor will attend PM Modi’s rally. He was present on stage with Chakraborty on Sunday and welcomed him to the party.
Clad in a Kurta, cap and sunglasses, the actor recited some of his famous dialogues, saying, “I am proud to be a Bengali. I know you love my dialogues. Marbo ekhaney…lash porbay shoshaney (‘I will thrash you here. Your body will be found at the crematorium; from the film MLA fatakeshto).”
He then said, “Here is my new dialogue. I am not a jol dora snake. I am not a beleghora snake. I am a pure cobra. I strike and you become a photograph.”
“My politics may be extreme but I am not with extremists. I won’t blame anyone but my choice to join TMC was wrong,” said Chakraborty.
“I will work for the poor just like I have portrayed myself in films. I have helped many off screen but I never publicised it. BJP is trying to do something for the poor and if I am trying to help the poor then I need some help…I need to hold someone’s hand,” he said.
Recently, popular Bengali actor Yash Dasgupta had joined the BJP along with more than half a dozen actors, including Papiya Adhikari, a veteran. A day before Dasgupta’s entry into politics, Chakraborty made headlines by hosting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat at his Mumbai bungalow.
The BJP’s journey of making inroads into Tollywood began in 2019 after the party won 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. On July 18 that year, as many as 13 actors joined the BJP in Delhi and Kolkata. While none of them are stars, all are popular faces on television or the big screen. welcomed him to the party.