Patna: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha today said if approached he would be happy to promote Bihar as its brand ambassador. There are reports that the state is considering to rope in some Bollywood celebrity as its face. Sinha, however, said nothing is official yet. “There is nothing official about it so far. But, if and when I am considered for the responsibility of brand ambassador by dear friend Nitish Kumar, I would lend my services for furthering cause of my home state as my duty as ‘dhartiputra’ (son of soil),” Sinha told PTI.
“There will be no demand or command from my side for this (if chosen as brand ambassador of Bihar),” Sinha, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, said over phone from Jaipur. The second term BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and addressed him as his “younger brother.”
“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar through his able leadership and ‘sushasan’ (good governance) has brought Bihar on the forefront of the nation… Nitish deserves kudos for all the hard work he has done for the state,” Sinha added. The actor-politician has caused furore in political circles many times by warmly meeting with the CM and praising him notwithstanding hostility against Kumar by his partymen. Earlier, while launching Sinha’s biography “Anything but Khamosh”, Kumar had described Sinha as “pride of Bihar” and had sought his service to develop film and culture in the state. There are reports that the state Tourism department is also considering the names of actress and MP Rekha and noted scriptwriter Javed Akhtar as brand ambassador.