BJP leader slams actors for promoting tobacco products

Panaji, April 20 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Goa t media cell covener Dr Sekhar Salkar on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strip actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgan and Askshay Kumar of their Padma awards for featuring in surrogate advertisement promoting tobacco products. In a series of tweets he said, “I have no words to condemn the way Akshay Kumar has joined the gang of Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgan to promote cancer through a surrogate advt of tobacco product.” “Ironically, all these people are Padma award winners. They should be ashamed of promoting carcinogenic products causing cancer in surrogate or indirect way! People have put their faith in these disgraced, dishononurable actors who have sold their soul and ethics to make money at the cost of minds of innocent youth who emulate them and get adversely influenced and initiated to tobacco consumption,” Dr Salkar said. He said those actors who push the younger generation towards the cancer through their surrogate advertisements should be striped off of their national honours. “My sincere appeal to the government is to withdraw the Padma awards from these actors,” he said. AKM SHK1921

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