Amitabh Bachchan. (Manav Manglani photo)

NEW DELHI — Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second anniversary show, “Zara Muskura Do,” Congress is reeling over the government’s association with Amitabh Bachchan after the megastar’s alleged involvement in the Panama Papers exposé.     

“Would it be fair? ...What message would it send to investigating agencies going into the siphoning of funds abroad illegally” when they see the prime minister sharing dais with the accused, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters May 25.     

Raising several questions over the issue, he wondered whether the megastar hosting the event, which is expected to be attended by Modi May 28, would not dilute the fight against black money.      

He recalled that the prime minister has time and again vowed to bring back black money stashed abroad and punish those who are guilty. During the poll campaign, BJP leaders had promised to deposit Rs. 15 to Rs. 20 lakh in the bank account of every individual once the black money is uncovered.    

The government is organizing the anniversary show, which will have several performances and programs highlighting its “achievements.” The show will be beamed across the country by Doordarshan.      

Various schemes and programs, particularly Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India and Rural Electrification, will be highlighted during the show. 

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