It seems that the famous Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty would join the BJP ahead of the ensuing Assembly elections in Bengal. It also became obvious when the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat went to actor’s Madh island residence in Mumbai on Tuesday morning and had breakfast together.
Even though the actor said that he has a spiritual relation with Bhagwat, political observers feel that the meeting was not just a “courtesy call,” but a political one.
The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP, which has mounted an aggressive campaign to win West Bengal from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Mithun Chakraborty was a Rajya Sabha member of the Trinamool in the past.
Chakraborty was once associated with the Maoist movement in Bengal and later earned fame as an accomplished actor after he debuted in Mrinal Sen’s award-winning Hindi movie Mrigaya. He was also known for his proximity to the then Communist regime in Bengal and with the senior party leader and former sports minister late Subhash Chakraborty. But the actor was never active in politics during the period.
When Mamata Banerjee led TMC came to power in Bengal, his leaning shifted to TMC. He was later nominated as Rajya Sabha member in 2014, but resigned within two years, citing his health problem. The actor was also targetted for his involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam and was summoned by Enforcement Directorate.
It was said that Chakraborty may join the saffron party and actively campaign for the BJP in the ensuing assembly elections in Bengal. His meeting with the RSS chief also fuelled speculation that he could end up being the chief ministerial candidate for the BJP in Bengal.
The BJP has scored many defections from the Trinamool Congress – including some of its sharpest political strategists — but is still widely seen to lack a face in Bengal. Mithun Chakraborty, popular as “Mithun-da” in the Bengal entertainment industry, still has a huge fan following in his home state even though he has been based in Mumbai over the past few decades. And that’s why, if the BJP projects him as the next chief minister’s candidate it would click in the mind of Bengali population in border state.
If anyone gets the news that Chakraborty joins the BJP in coming days, no one would surprise. A foundation has also been developed in this direction by the RSS.