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Oppn demands Amitabh Bachchan's removal from tiger project

INDIA-ENTERTAINMENT-MUSIC Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood 'Shahenshah' Amitabh Bachchan, who has been making headlines for all wrong reasons, is also facing political backlash over his alleged involvement in offshore dealings.

The Congress on Thursday demanded the Maharashtra government to remove Bachchan as the brand ambassador for the Save Tiger campaign and advisor of Mumbai International Financial Centre.

Incidentally, the actor visited Mantralaya on Thursday to attend a meeting of the MIFC panel, where he also made a presentation.

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil argued that until the investigation ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the Panama Papers expose is complete, Bachchan should be kept out of important projects.

"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," Patil said while raising the issue in Lower House.

"It would be improper if Bachchan continues to occupy the two posts especially when his name has allegedly figured in the Panama Papers," he added

However, the ruling BJP was not ready to budge on the demands of the opposition. BJP MLA Yogesh Sagar objected to the 'vilification campaign' against a star of Bachchan's repute.

Bachchan was on the list of now famously known as the Panama Papers, which provided the insight into how powerful and wealthy around the world hide their assets in offshore tax havens. The list has already triggered global investigations by financial authorities in several countries.

Bachchan, meanwhile, has already issued a statement denying any connection with those companies, saying his name may have been "misused".

"I do not know any of the companies referred to by Indian Express - Sea Bulk Shipping Company Ltd, Lady Shipping Ltd, Treasure Shipping Ltd, and Tramp Shipping Ltd. I have never been a director of any of the above stated companies. It is possible that my name has been misused," he had stated after the Indian Express newspaper broke the story.

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