Vivek Oberoi, Shankar Mahadevan including 900 artists urges people to vote for BJP


Around 900 artists including Shakar Mahadevan, Vivek Oberoi, Anuradha Paudwal on Wednesday issued a joint statement urging people to vote for the BJP and said that the country needs a “Majboot Sarkar” not a “Majboor Sarkar” in this time of crisis and we should continue with the present Modi government.

"It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour. Besides, when challenges like terrorism are before all of us, we need a 'Majboot Sarkar' not a 'Majboor Sarkar' and hence we need the present government to continue," said the statement.

In the statement, they said: "We, creative artistes and persons belonging to the field of literature appeal to all our fellow citizens to cast their vote and exercise their right to elect the new government without any pressure and prejudice." 

"We believe that during the last five years, India has seen a government that has delivered corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration. During this period, globally India has acquired greater respect. It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour."               

Film actor Deepak Karanjikar said that eh signed the statement because the ruling government has made some "fundamental changes". He cited a "cultural mapping project of all Indian artists" which was accepted a year ago and is still in the pipeline.

Citing similar reasons, vocalist Wasifuddin Dagar said that "what good has been started must continue".

Kuchipudi dancing duo Raja-Radha Reddy, theatre artiste Waman Kendre, Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar and Statue of Unity sculptor Ram Sutar were among others to sign the statement.

Over a hundred filmmakers from across India issued a joint statement urging voters to “do everything in their capacity to keep this harmful regime from coming back to power” and asked them to instead choose “a government that respects the Constitution of India, protects our freedom of speech and expression, and refrains from all kinds of censorship.”