Amitabh Bachchan is the brand-ambassador for the GST (Government and Services Tax of India), and has featured in a 40-second video clip in support of the campaign.
However Sanjay Nirupam, a prominent leader of Congress has warned Bachchan to retreat from the campaign as to avoid confrontations with traders.
Nirupam informed the Hindustan Times, “Some people are creating a confusion that we are opposing the same GST that we passed. But this is not true. We have always been for the GST but not in this format. We tried for three years to get our reservations noticed by the government but they (the BJP) then started maligning us so we had to pass it,” he goes on to say that “That is why I am suggesting Amitabh Bachchan should not be a party to every foolishness of the BJP. You (Bachchan) are a known person and have a wonderful reputation which may get maligned if there is a backlash from traders.”