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Mallika's thumbs down to BigB.

AMITABH Bachchan seems to have stepped on his own foot. The Bollywood legend's decision to become the brand ambassador of Narendra Modi's Gujarat has drawn flak from different quarters.

And now danseuse and social activist Mallika Sarabhai has sent a letter ( full text on right) to Bachchan, asking him what prompted him to become the brand ambassador of a state which is reeling under poverty and has witnessed the killings of innocent Muslims.

In her letter, Sarabhai has reeled off statistics to show the state Gujarat is in today.

Sarabhai claimed that the state has a huge debt of close to Rs 1 lakh crore.

She also stated that over 75,000 small and medium businesses have shut shop while the state went into an overdrive to dole out subsidies to rich industrial houses.

Sarabhai's words found an echo in social activist Teesta Setalvad.

" Bachchan is not the brand ambassador of Gujarat. He is the brand ambassador for Modi who gave his film Paa tax concessions to the tune of Rs 8- 10 crore," Setalvad said.

She claimed that Modi is trying to go in for an image makeover after the Supreme Court directed investigation agencies to question him for mass murder.

" That needs to be put on the forefront, not wiped under the carpet. It is good that Mallika has brought out these statistics about Gujarat. It is the ground reality," she said.

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Date:Feb 20, 2010
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