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In the eighties, there was a rift in the Bachchan-Gandhi family relationship. But in an interview about four years ago, Amitabh Bachchan said, “The Bachchan-Gandhi family friendship is by no means over. We are still friends.”
- 1968 From 1984 to 1987 Amitabh was in active politics, Allahabad MP
- Indira Gandhi warned her son Rajiv not to bring Amitabh into politics
Amitabh Bachchan is 78 years old. Born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh has been active in Bollywood for 51 years. However, during this period he also went into politics for three years. He became a politician in 1974 and left a political career in 1977. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, he responded with caution and deception.
He was asked if he would come into politics to support Sonia.
Well known author and columnist Rashid Kidwai writes in his book ‘Leader-Actor: Bollywood Star Power in Indian Politics’ – a year after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1999, Amitabh Bachchan was asked if he was the widow Sonia (Gandhi). Will I join politics again to help me?
Sonia Gandhi came to India, Amitabh Bachchan also came to receive her. On January 13, 19 at 7 pm, Rajiv introduced Sona to his best friend Amitabh at Palam Airport. After that, 43 days before the wedding, Sonia was with Amitabh’s parents Teji Bachchan and Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
In reply he said- I am fully involved in my work as per habit. I took the job and always finished it. Now that I have decided to cut my films, people think I did it with the intention of getting into politics.
Yes, Rajiv Gandhi was a very good friend of mine and it is also true that I am a true well wisher of Soniaji and close to her family. But how will my worries and plans become easier with entering politics? And why do they need my help? They are very strong, sensitive and complete people. Fully capable of making their own decisions. They know what they should and should not do. This episode of the book is written by Sumant Mishra in his book ‘Ami Amitabh Bol Hoon’.
Episode no. 2: When Amitabh was warned not to bring politics
Indira Gandhi was not even married, Gandhi and Nehru have had family ties ever since. Indira met Harivansh Rai Bachchan-Teji Bachchan by Sarojini Naidu at the Anand Bhavan, the ancestral home of the Nehru family in Allahabad. It was here that Indira and Teji became friends. But the friendship broke down in the eighties when Indira Gandhi decided to send Nargis Dutt to the Rajya Sabha in place of Tej Bachchan.
According to reports, the two became friends when Rajiv Gandhi was 2 years old and Amitabh Bachchan was 4 years old.
In a column in Surya newspaper, which was taken by Meneka Gandhi, it was mentioned that Teji was very angry with Indira Gandhi’s decision. The relationship between the two has been strained for a long time. According to Rashid Kidwai’s book, ML Fotedar, a senior Congress leader close to the Gandhi family, wrote in his memoirs in 2015 that Indira Gandhi had warned her son Rajiv not to bring Amitabh into politics.
Rajiv Gandhi was then the National General Secretary of the Congress. According to Fotedar, Indira Gandhi invited him and Arun Nehru to a meeting with Rajiv Gandhi. He advised Rajiv Gandhi not to do two things. The first is that he never brought Teji Bachchan (Amitabh’s) son into politics and the second is that he never kept Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia of Gwalior with him.
Episode no. 3: Rajiv also came into politics, yet demanded his resignation
Rajiv Gandhi ignored his mother’s warnings and gave Amitabh Bachchan a ticket in 1984 from the Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency. According to Fotedar, he had received information that Amitabh was interfering in the transfer and appointment of officers in the ministry. Many leaders also complained about this. Big B was given the responsibility of his constituency by a man who was not taken seriously.
Fotedar was then Rajiv Gandhi’s political secretary. However, if he believes, he has never told Rajiv Gandhi about it. But Amitabh started interfering not only in Uttar Pradesh, but also in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
About four years ago, Principal Journalist Shekhar Gupta and Barkha Dutt said on the show ‘Off the Cuff’ – I am sad that I could not fulfill the promise I made to the people of Allahabad. As much as I could, I tried to make promises. But I know that the people of Allahabad will never forgive me.
Recalling the day of Amitabh’s resignation, Fotedar said, “Amitabh came to meet the Prime Minister (Rajiv Gandhi) that day. It was around 2.30 pm and I was going to lunch. The Prime Minister called me. Then we went inside the Seven Race Course. He was asked to sit on the left.
The Prime Minister then told Amitabh, “Fotedar ji wants your resignation.” I was surprised and obviously Amitabh was too. Then Amitabh said, “If Fotedar wants my resignation, I am ready. Tell me what to write with the paper?” Amitabh then wrote his resignation, which was accepted by the Lok Sabha Speaker.