Over 900 artists including revered names like Pandit Jasraj, Shankar Mahadevan, Hans Raj Hans, Vivek Oberoi and Rita Ganguli on Wednesday (10 April 2019) issued a statement asking people to vote for the BJP and said the country needs a "Majboot Sarkar" not a "Majboor Sarkar".
"It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour. Besides, when challenges like terrorism are before all of us, we need a 'Majboot Sarkar' not a 'Majboor Sarkar' and hence we need the present government to continue," it said.
The joint statement also underscored that during the last five years, India has seen a government which delivered "corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration."
In a riposte to the same, yesterday (10 April 2019) acclaimed actor Ranvir Shorey tweeted a video of himself asking people to vote based on their own conscience, and not because someone told them to vote against the incumbent Government as whatever problems the nation faces today were not born in the past five years alone, and instead had their seeds sown much ago.
The joint statement comes nearly a week after more than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, had signed a letter asking people to "vote BJP and its allies" out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat.
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