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Mamata Banerjee asks Javed Akhtar to compose song on TMC poll slogan “Khela Hobe”

Javed Akhtar said there should be a parivartan (change) in the nation, it is the history of Bengal that had driven revolutionary changes.
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On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requested eminent lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar to write a song on “Khela Hobe,” her election slogan. Mr Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi today met Ms Banerjee, who is on a four-day visit to Delhi.

After meeting Ms Banerjee, the poet said there should be a parivartan (change) in the nation, and it is the history of Bengal that the state had driven the revolutionary changes.

Talking to media persons after his meeting, Mr Akhtar said, “It was a courteous meeting. This is the history of Bengal that it had led the revolutionary movements. Artists and intellectuals of Bengal support Mamata Ji. We congratulated her on her victory. We are grateful to Mamata Ji for her support in the amendment in the Royalty Bill so that music composers, songwriters, lyricists can be benefitted from the royalty.”

“I believe there should be a change. There are so many tensions in the country right now…There is the issue of polarisation. Many give aggressive statements… There are incidents of violence. It is a matter of shame that Delhi witnessed communal riots,” added the lyricist.

When asked whether Mamata Banerjee should direct from the front, Mr Akhtar said, “In our little conversation, she never said that leadership is her priority. She believes that she wants a parivartan. Earlier she fought for Bengal, and now she wants to fight for a change in India. Who will lead the country is not important but how the Hindustan will be is most important. Democracy is dynamic and constant in the process.”

Concerning the “Khela Hobe” slogan and whether it will reflect in India, Mr Akhtar said, “It does not need proof. It is beyond discussion now.” Instantly, Ms Banerjee, standing behind Akhtar, requested Akhtar to write a song on “Khela Hobe“.

“You have to make a song on Khela Hobe,” Ms Banerjee told the lyricist in front of media persons. Prominently, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) poll slogan for the 2011 West Bengal elections, “Khela Hobe” became popular and unofficially became the theme of the poll clash between TMC and BJP.

Striving for 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Ms Banerjee had on Wednesday said, “Poore desh me khela hoga (Now, the game is on across the country). It is a continuous process…When general elections come (2024), it will be Modi vs country.”

Since Monday, the West Bengal chief minister, who has been in the national capital, has held discussions with opposition parties to form a united front for the 2024 general elections. Ms Banerjee also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Other leaders who met Ms Banerjee include Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee, on Wednesday in separate meetings, addressed “the unity of Opposition” with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and said everyone needed to come together to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Chief Minister told the media that she had also spoken with RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Tuesday.

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