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Javed Akhtar after meeting Mamata: ‘Khela hobe’ across India

Javed Akhtar said that he believed there should be a 'change' in the country, adding that it was a matter of shame that witnessed communal riots

Lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar and his actor-wife Shabana Azmi are the latest names to feature in the list of significant personalities Trinamool Congress (AITC) head 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 was her priority. She believes that she wants a Parivartan. Earlier she fought for Bengal and now she wants to fight for a change in India.”

Javed Akhtar said that he believed there “should be a change” in the country, adding that it was a “matter of shame” that witnessed communal riots. “There are so many tensions in the country right now…There is the issue of polarization. Many give aggressive statements…There are incidents of violence,” the lyricist told the media.

Referring to the meeting with Banerjee, 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 amendment in order for music, composers, lyricists and songwriters benefitting 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, Javed Akhtar said that it was beyond discussion now. “It does not need proof,” he said.

Banerjee has been meeting several important Opposition leaders since her visit to Delhi, including Indian National Congress (INC) interim president Sonia Gandhi, party Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. On 28 July, following her meeting with Sonia, Banerjee said that in 2021 Lok Sabha elections “poore desh mein khela hobe” (game will be on all over the country).

The chief minister said that the will be between “Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus the country” during the 2024 general election.

She urged all Opposition parties to come together in the fight against dethroning Bharatiya 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.

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