Bengali cinema superstar Yash Dasgupta, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday.
Talking to India Today TV after his meeting, Yash Dasgupta said that he is open to contesting in upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.
Dasgupta slammed the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling party for its stronghold over the Bengali film industry. “People don’t get work if they don’t toe the TMC line,” Yash Dasgupta claimed.
Expressing concern over the alleged lack of development in West Bengal, Yash Dasgupta said that he “feels sad to see youngsters moving out of the state in search of jobs”.
Yash Dasgupta, who is said to be a close friend of actor-turned-politician and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Lok Sabha MP Nushrat Jahan, said that his choice won’t affect his relationship with the actor.
Yash Dasgupta had joined the BJP on Wednesday in presence of the party’s West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy and Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta.
The development comes just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections and is likely to help the BJP as the election campaign intensifies.
Speaking exclusively to Indiatoday.in on Thursday, Yash Dasgupta said that he joined the BJP because he believes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I believe in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The vision he has for India has inspired me to join politics so that I can actively work towards bringing social change in Bengal,” Dasgupta said.
“We keep hearing the term ‘Sonar Bangla’. What does it mean? Bengal needs infrastructure, Bengal needs to attract business. There is a huge brain drain from Bengal. The youth of the state are looking at other states to migrate as there are no job opportunities here. That needs to stop immediately,” Yash Dasgupta said.
By Ayush Kashyap