Mumbai: Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has asked the Bollywood personalities to come to the aid of crisis struck farmers and threatened to boycott their films if the diktat is ignored.
The Raj Thackeray-led party today released a letter addressed to Bollywood personalities like artists, producers, directors, asking them to provide succour to agriculturists, especially in Marathwada which is facing severe water scarcity and from where several farmer suicides have been reported.
Those not coming forward to help farmers facing agrarian crisis will be “taught a lesson” and their films will be boycotted, said MNS, whose film wing drafted the letter, whose copies have been sent to Hindi film fraternity members.
The MNS’ move evoked a sharp reaction from the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena, who said this is not the way to seek help for distressed cultivators.
Ameya Khopkar, President of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, who sent the letters, today said Bollywood should help willingly or MNS will “teach them a lesson”.
“If Marathi actors like Nana Patekar, Makarand Anaspure and Bollywood stars such as Aamir Khan and Salman Khan can help society then why not others? Farmers who are now in bad situation cultivate foodgrains not only for the Marathi actors but for all. So it is their duty to repay when they need it,” he said.
He also listed steps taken by the party to alleviate suffering of farmers who are struggling to make their ends meet due to crop loss and mounting financial burden.