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Amitabh being humiliated by Cong: Mulayam

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Lucknow, Nov 23 (UNI) A day after megastar Amitabh Bachchan went on record to deny his intention of rejoining active politics, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav clarified that he was also not cajoling Big B into doing so.

Mr Yadav, whose proximity to the millennium star is well known, said, ''We can never force him to join politics. He is already a celebrity in cinema ...name and fame are not new to him.'' Referring to the statement of Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh a couple of days ago, the CM said what Mr Singh had said was if a person was pushed to walls, he would be compelled to join politics.

Amitabh's earlier foray into politics was full of bitter-sweet memories. After a thumping victory from Allahabad Lok Sabha seat, he had to resign in 1988 in the wake of the raging controversy over Bofors gun deal surrounding his friend and then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mr Yadav, who spares nothing to attack the Congress at the Centre, claimed the way Amitabh was being insulted was a cause of shame for all of us.

''Amitabh is being respected, rewarded and awarded by the global fraternity but the inquiries initiated against him every now and then spoke of the poor mentality of the Congress.'' Referring to the UP government's coveted 'Yash Bharti' award to Abhishek Bachchan, the megastar's son, he said no one could ever deny that he did not deserve the award. ''The way Abhishek's portrait was beaten with shoes by Congress workers in Allahabad is shameful,'' Mr Yadav said.

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