The current political situation in the country is quite intense given that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are to take place in the coming months. Political parties are trying every trick in the book to get their party in the lower house. Over the years we have seen the parties leverage the influence of prominent B-town celebs to reach the voter and garner their support. While the digital platform has become one of the biggest mediums to reach out to people, it comes with a catch. In a sting operation by non-profit organisation Cobrapost, many Bollywood celebrities were exposed for striking a deal to promote a political party in exchange for money. Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who is one of the accused, has denied the allegations against himself.
Speaking exclusively to in.com, the 60-year old singer who was a rage in the ’90s and early 2000s has denied all the allegations against him by the Cobrapost. “Agar aap ye video dhyaan se dekhe to ek baar bhi mera muh khula nahi hai, in logon ne bas shoot kiya hai... kiss bare me baat kar rahe hai, kya hai kahi nahi mention kiya hai. Aap dhyaan se dekhiye, ek jagah bhi mera muh nahi khula hai. Kya karne aaye hai kuch bataya nahi” (If you look at the video, I haven’t opened my mouth even once. They have shot the video. I repeatedly kept asking them, what is it all about? Why is this meeting taking place and they didn’t tell me.)
Abhijeet also went into the details of the conversation stating that he is being targeted as he is a BJP follower and that the sting is politically motivated. “We keep doing such meets for shows and we discuss the brands and their products but here they didn’t share any such detail. In my video, I haven’t uttered a single word aur agar bola hai to I am questioning them, kya promote kar rahe hai, kiss cheez ka promotion hai? I don’t know about others (Jackie Shroff and Vivek Oberoi) but it has got nothing to do with me. In my video, you won’t hear my voice for anything apart from me questioning them. This Cobrapost was dead, they want to be in news and this is basically Congress’ game to target Modi bhakts, I am a Modi bhakt. All they want is publicity and you calling me to question about it meets their purpose.”
The 90s singer claimed that the meeting was fixed with the team stating that it was a brand discussion. “When they called for the meeting first, they said that the meeting is for a brand promotion and later on started talking about money. Pehele hi dekh ke mai samajh gaya unko ki ye kya brand ki baat karenge so I told my brand manager to have a look into this. ”
The sting operation was shared by Cobrapost, an independent media outlet, exposing over 30 prominent celebrities from the entertainment industry who agreed to create posts supporting political parties, in return for money. The list includes many familiar names such as Kailash Kher, Tisca Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Koena Mitra, Sonu Sood, Rohit Roy, Minissha Lamba, Evelyn Sharma, Rajpal Yadav, Shreyas Talpade, and TV actors like Deepshikha Nagpal, Krushna Abhishek, Aman Varma.