Lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar and his actor-wife Shabana Azmi are the latest names to feature in the list of significant personalities Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met during her ongoing five-day visit to the national capital. Addressing media persons after the meeting, Akhtar said, “In our little conversation, she never said that leadership is her priority. She believe that she wants a Parivartan. Earlier she fought for Bengal and now she wants to fight for a change in India.”
There should be change in the country-Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar said that he believes there should be change in the country, adding that it is matter of shame that Delhi witnessed communal riots. “There are so many tensions in the country right now…There is the issue of polarisation. Many give aggressive statements…There are incidents of violence,”the lyricist told the media.
Javed Akhtar will write a song on Banerjee’s popular ‘Khela hobe’ slogan
Referring to the meeting with Mamata Banerjee, Javed Akhtar said that it was a courteous meeting, and that it is West Bengal’s history that it had led the revolutionary movements. He added that he also congratulated the Bengal chief minister for her victory in the recently concluded assembly elections and that he is grateful to her for support in the Royalty bill amendment in order for music, composers, lyricists and songwriters benefiting from the royalty. “The artists and intellectuals of Bengal support Mamata ji,” Akhtar said. When asked if Banerjee’s popular ‘Khela hobe’ slogan will resonate across India, the lyricist said that it is beyond discussion now. It does not need proof,” he added.
Competition will be between Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus the country- Mamata Banerjee
Ms Banerjee has been meeting several important Opposition leaders since her visit to Delhi, including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. On Wednesday, following her meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Banerjee said that in 2021 Lok Sabha elections “poore desh me khela hobe” (game will be on all over the country). The Bengal CM said that during the 2024 general elections, the competition will be between Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus the country.”
Mamata urged all opposition parties to come together in the fight against dethroning BJP
She also urged all opposition parties to come together in the fight against dethroning Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) as the central ruling dispensation. “It is essential for everyone to come together in order to defeat the BJP. Alone, I am nothing- everyone will have to work together. I am not a leader, I am a cadre. I am a person from the street,” she said. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday also requested noted lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar to write a song on ‘khela hobe,’ her poll slogan. Mr Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi met Ms Banerjee who is Delhi to meet several personalities.
The West Bengal chief minister told the media that she also spoke with RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday. With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Banerjee on Wednesday in separate meetings discussed “the unity of opposition” with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and said it is essential for everyone to come together in order to defeat the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in the Centre.