Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is overseeing the BJP's election campaign in Bihar, clarified that the party will not be fielding Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut as one of its campaigners in the poll-bound state.
The BJP leader said the saffron party does not need a star campaigner as it has Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is the party's biggest star and "the nation's superstar."
Fadnavis was campaigning in Katihar of Bihar when he was reportedly asked if the party would bring in the Bollywood actor, in the midst of a controversy over her remarks of comparing Mumbai to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, to add star power to the campaign.
"We need no other star campaigner as the NDA has, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the biggest star campaigner," the former Maharashtra chief minister was quoted as saying.
Ranaut, who is being seen as sympathetic towards the saffron party, have been targetting the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government over the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The stand-off escalated when Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) moved to demolish the ‘illegal construction’ at her Mumbai office. Sena was also irate over the home ministry move to provide Y-category security cover to the actor.
Fadnavis also took a dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying the chief minister appears to be more interested in fighting the Bollywood actor than tackling the skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in the state.